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  • The island of Vanarambaium splits off from the Occident
  • The people that live in Northern Vanarambaium develop into the Pretans. 
  • Large groups migrate from Burania, across the Adlantic, to Argis. 

Aroman Era

  • Vanarambaium is directly occupied by the Aromans starting in 81 CE.
  • The Aromans establish settlement in Argis in $year
  • The Aromans take large amounts of Geltic slaves to work in the lead mines and slate quarries of Ilwyn. They are also used for other labor in the Aroman held highlands. The transportation of Gelts occurs over around a century. The portions of land heavily occupied with Gelts comes to be called Geltica. 
  • In the following century, the Geltic populations began to rebel. Initially these rebellions are easily suppressed by the Aromans but successive uprisings grow in intensity. The great rebellion of $year causes a not insignificant amount of damage. Higher leadership in Arome takes notice. 
  • For a time Aromans deploy legions, at great expense, to suppress the population. 
  • Aurivizht mercenaries begin to offer their services to the local Aroman officials. The Aurivizhts soon see great success in suppressing the other Gelts and this leads to them becoming the dominant military peacekeeping force in Geltica and Ilwyn. The most successful Aurivizhts are rewarded with land holdings in Geltica. 
  • As time progresses the Aurivizhts come to be a unique class in the hierarchy of Geltica. Positioned between the Aroman nobility and working and enslaved Gelts. 

Post Aroman Era

  • The Aroman Empire splinters. 
  • The agricultural lowlands largely retain their social and hierarchical structure from the Aroman period. 
  • In Geltica the Aurivizhts push out higher ranking nobility. 
  • Meanwhile, slaves and defecting nobles in Ilwyn join forces and cast off their chains entirely, becoming an independent territory. 
  • Aurivizhts and other Gelts blend, with social standings shifting. Eventually this leads to the clan system. Over time Geltica evolves and shifts into Gael. 
  • Around this time Ilwyn and the northern islands were first invaded by Thelarike.
  • Gael and Prettany go to war. Peace is eventually made with the two kingdoms uniting and agreeing to be ruled by one ruler. The nobility of Prettany and the clans of Gael are on equal footing. Together they choose a Ríog. This is named the Union of Two Kingdoms, or the Union. 

Thelarike Era

  • The Union of Two Kingdoms is invaded by Thelarike and becomes incorporated into the larger empire. 
  • In response to the Thelarike occupation, Geltic culture is embraced and cultivated by the incumbent populations. It is seen as a way to establish a distinct culture from that of the Thelarike occupiers.  
  • Stronger ties are formed with Ilwyn as well. Partially due to shared occupation by Thelarike, partially due to shared Geltic elements.
  • Slowly over centuries the idea develops that the three kingdoms, are united and share a commonality that distinguishes them from the rest of Thelarike.  

Warring States Era

  • The lands of what are modern Gaellicia change hands between Thelarike and Tagmatium. 
  • In this period, local nobility gains power and autonomy as they assist Thelarike and Tagmatium in their conflicts. 
  • A rebellion for a united Gaellicia is attempted. Initially successful, it is crushed by a rare Tagmatine+Thelarike effort.
  • Disunity amongst clans occurs as a result of the aftermath of the failed rebellion. 
  • Individual clans slowly build their power again, but not as a unified front. The clan system comes to take on a lord/tenant relationship. 

Independence Era

  • Lairds at the heads of different clans form bonds over 1200s, 1300s, and early 1400s.
  • In the mid 1400s a series of uprisings begins. They are small and led by the lower classes but they inspire further events.  
  • The lairds of different clans, in response to the failed peasant rebellions, begin to organize. In this time, the wearing of the first great kilts begins. 
  • In 1479, a declaration of independence for a united Gaellicia was issued by some clans of Gael and Prettany. 
  • War occurs between Thelarike, Tagmatine, and independence aligned clans.
  • Initially the independence clans see little success and struggle to hold their own territories against other clans. 
  • In 1484 the remaining independence clans select one leader from amongst their ranks to lead their forces as one unified front. They decide on Bricius of the clan Urquhart. 
  • Under Bricius the independence clans soon begin to see success. Clans that had deserted the cause align themselves with independence. Under Bricius the Independence movement continues to grow and sees continued military victories against other clans.
  • A movement for independence breaks out in Ilwyn after news of Bricius’ success is spread. The Ilwyn movement is at this time separate and unaffiliated with the Ríogan cause. 
  • Bricius is killed at the battle of Culloden in 1490. He is a martyr to the cause of independence which only further energizes independence forces. 
  • Multiple Ríogs are cycled through over a period of 3½ years. None of them see great success and this time is considered a stalemate. 
  • In 1494 the young William of the clan Primrose becomes Ríog. William leads the Ríogan forces on the offensive once again and works aggressively to bring other opposed clans into the Ríogan. 
  • In 1495 William forges an alliance with Ioan of Ilwyn, the leader of the separate rebellion. William sends Ríogan forces to Ilwyn to assist in the final liberation of the isle. 
  • Following Ilwyn’s liberation, Ioan comes to Gael to unite with the Ríogan forces. The combined armies quickly win the allegiance of Thelarike aligned clans and together push any remaining Thelarike forces south of Geltica’s traditional border.
  • The success in the south of the country leads to more and more Tagmatine aligned clans in the north pledging loyalty to the Ríogan. 
  • Tagmatium deploys an army to counter the growing Ríogan forces. Any remaining Tagmatine aligned clans switch allegiance to the Ríogan. 
  • War rages between the Ríogan and Tagmatine forces. 
  • A decisive victory is won by the Ríogan at the battle of the Draoidhad in 1502 and Tagmatium and Thelarike agree to Gaellician independence. 
Edited by Legnut (see edit history)
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