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The Province of North Ambria (ノーザンブリア州), formerly known as the Principality of North Ambria (ノーザンブリア大公国(たいこうこく)) and later as the North Ambria State (ノーザンブリア自治州), is the northernmost province of Erebonia.

North Ambria was originally known as the least developed country in Zemuria. The combination of cold and poverty make the state virtually inhospitable. For the sake of surviving, many of its citizens have moved abroad. Like Leman and Ored, Arteria diplomatically recognised North Ambria as a Zemurian state in S.1179 until it was annexed as a province into the Erebonian Empire in S.1205.

History

Traditionally North Ambria used to be an aristocratic principality.[1]

Until the first half of S.1178, its ruler was Prince Balmund .

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North Ambrian Disaster

Main article: Salt Pale

The North Ambrian Disaster is a large-scale incident that lay ruin to the Principality of North Ambria and affected the economies of the western half of Zemuria.

In S.1178, an unknown object referred to as the Salt Pale suddenly appeared in the capital City of Haliask and turned everything in the vicinity of the capital into salt. Prince Balmund fled the country and amidst the destruction and chaos, the government was overthrown.

In the following year, a parliament was elected and North Ambria was acknowledged as a state by the Septian Church. Prior to the incident, however, North Ambria had already been suffering under a financial crisis and the harsh conditions of its cold climate. Conditions hardly improved after the incident; to make a living, many citizens have joined the Northern Jaegers jaeger corps formed by Colonel Valestein, which thrived on foreign funds. Among there ranks was Sara Valestein, who would later become Valestein's adopted daughter.

During their time as a Jaeger corps, the Northern Jaegers would constantly clash with rival corps Nidhoggr. During one of these clashes, both corps would fight against each other in Erebonia in a proxy war over a matter between a large company and a competing noble family. During this clash, Colonel Valestein saved Sara at the cost of his own life with him dying in his adopted daughter's arms. While the Northern Jaegers were victorious in the battle and were welcomed home as heroes due to the Mira they collected, Sara decided to leave the corps and become a member of the Bracer Guild after losing her adoptive father.

Children of former noble families became the target of jealously and anger; Prince Balmund's family became known as the 'devil family' with one of his relatives, Valerie, being affected by this as a result.[1][2]

Failed Reclamation by Prince Balmund

Following Colonel Valestein's death however, former North Ambrian crown prince Balmund attempted to retake control of the country and ordered both Alexandre and his guardian Alexandre's father to reclaim it for him. They raided the capital city Haliask and managed to take control of the city, but the Northern Jaegers launched a counter-offensive and fought back against them. Enraged by this, Balmund ordered Alexandre and his father to massacre North Ambrian civilians in order to cover his own escape. While Alexandre's father complied with the order, Alexandre refused to go through with it and fought his father to the death as a result. Following this, Balmund was later arrested by the Northern Jaegers and presumably executed for his crime while Alexandre was haunted by his father's death and began looking for a place to die.

Northern War

Main article: Northern War

In S.1205, negotiations between the imperial government of Erebonia and the parliament of North Ambria following the liability claim of the arson in Celdic by the Northern Jaegers during the October Campaign were interrupted by this same jaeger corps. With the diplomatic route closed off to them, Erebonia decided to launch an invasion on North Ambria. Within days, the imperial battalion marched toward the capital and surrounded it, giving the Northern Jaegers one week to concede. When no response came, Erebonia occupied the parliament and in December S.1205 the decision was made to merge North Ambra into the Erebonian Empire.

Immediately after the merger was formalised Erebonia started investing in North Ambria's infrastructure and connected Haliask to the imperial rail network. The railroad is completed in S.1206 and imperial businesses start branching out to Haliask. After close to three decades of poverty, Haliask is flourishing once again. In order to realise the plans to remove the soil salinity[3] that once laid waste to North Ambria's domain, Reinford has been installed in Haliask as the operator for his plan.

On June 19, S.1206, an underground workshop where archaisms are made was discovered on the outskirts of its capital, Haliask. The workshop was found by students of Thors Military Academy and subsequently destroyed. It is believed the workshop is related to the archaisms deployed during the Northern War.

Geography

North Ambria is a country located to the north of Erebonia. It is currently a frozen wasteland full of rough terrain, but it used to be a beautiful country before the Salt Pale Incident.It has a harsh environment and it is difficult to grow anything there because of the damage sustained from the salinification.

Regions

The former Principality was divided into five administrative districts until the destruction of three of those five districts, including its capital Haliask, north of the River Greve during the Salt Pale Incident. Since then the entire devastated northern region of the country has been placed under the control of the Septian Church.

Cities

Below is a list of all known cities in North Ambria:

Government & Politics

Governance

The Principality of North Ambria was formally a monarchy until its last ruler Prince Balmund lost all credibility after he fled the country when the Salt Pale Incident occurred in S.1178. In the aftermath of the incident Prince Balmund returned and attempted to rebuild the government but an outraged populace led to an armed uprising within the following year. Eventually elections would be held and the country would transition into a democratic government up until Erebonia's annexation of the State.

Military

Following the overthrow of Prince Balmunt the former principality's armed forces were reformed into a vigilante corps. Yet the devastation of the Salt Pale and ensuing poverty led the majority of the corps to prioritize acquiring foreign capital in order to support the country and eventually lead to their establishment as the Northern Jaegers.

International Relations

Since the Salt Pale Incident the primary sponsor for North Ambria State has been the Septian Church of the Holy City of Arteria. After containing the Pale the Church quickly dispatched personnel to offer relief to the country and its people.

The City State of Jurai along the coast of North West also initially attempted to assist the struggling state, which had been a key trade partner previously alongside Erebonia and Remifaria.

In S.1206, North Ambria was annexed and became a part of Erebonia.

Administrative Divisions

Prior to their destruction by the Salt Pale, North Ambria had five unknown administrative divisions

Economy

North Ambria's primary source of income is through its Jaeger Corps. Furthermore, it exports luxurious consumables, such as wine and tea, to more prosperous nations such as Erebonia, Liberl and formerly Jurai City.

Demographics

North Ambria used to have a flourishing population. But when the Salt Pale Incident occurred, the nation lost over a third of its total former population along with many foreign travelers.

Culture

The style of music known as 'Northern Rock' is said to originate from North Ambria, featuring orbally powered instruments such as guitars and drums.

Noteworthy characters

Noteworthy characters born in North Ambria include:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Trails of Cold Steel III, Chapter 4: "Radiant Heimdallr", 07/04.
  2. Japanese: 悪魔の一族
  3. Japanese: 塩害
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