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  • 1105 - 226 AF
  • The Gothaean Alliance, the Farsi Betrayal and The Great Peace.  With the departure of the Cymrais (a great surprise to the Medean King Hugoerick) much of the soldiery of the Medeans was without work. It would have been simpler to award them the lands vacated by the Cymrais that they might settle in peace.  But an army carrying one hundred years of bloodletting in its honourable tradition was not made up of farmers. Huegorick, deciding the taxes he took were light and insufficient, set his armies to rectify the situation. In particular he authorised suppression of the Syggynae and their neighbours, the Urmise. Other tribes were ill at ease with this turn of events, wondering when the King’s army would arrive at their own gates. The Parisi and Issakari decided to side strongly with the King; The Belgae, Greuthae, Syggynae and the remaining Gothae formed a secret alliance in opposition to the Medes; the much diminished Elami (now counting ancient Anshan as their only city) contrived to remain neutral. Inevitably the situation having simmered for five years or so finally boiled over into violence. Were it not for the sudden inexplicable betrayal of the Medes by their “brothers” the Farsi, the dispute would have carried them through as many years as the war with the Cymrais. The more cynical might question whether such an outcome was not in fact the design of the Medean generals all along. But the Farsi turned upon Hugoerick in his Palace of Ecbator; they poisoned (or at least that is how it is reported) all of his generals as they sat in conference and then sent out messages from the Collegium of Thibes that the Medes had decided to sue for peace. The King’s nephew, Cartadix, a quiet man, much caught up in his studies, was installed by supposedly common consent as the new “King of the Medean Alliance”.
  • A difficult five years followed with much argumentation, but also with an extraordinary amount of goodwill (which oddly seemed to grow whenever a meeting was held in company with Collegium messengers). The outcome of all the negotiation was The Accord of Thibes which forged The Great Peace between all the tribes of “Medea” that lasted beyond all expectation for more than seven hundred years.
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