The Cherokee Nation / Ani'yunwi'ya
Established in 1583 following the Catastrophe of 1583 following the fall of Mississippia, the newly established Hialeah dynasty became the Kings of the Ani'yunwi'ya. The first king of the Ani'yunwi'ya, Chea Sequah had ambitions to have the Cherokee to have a history of independence for the rest of time. However, other nobles in the nation wanted to expand the Cherokee's power and forge a large nation by annexing the neighbouring nations. Two coups against the Hialeah dynasty happened, but eventually the third coup would overthrow the Hialeah.
The reign of the Degataga Dynasty started in 1670 following the coup d'etait by King Degataga the great against the old Hialeah dynasty of the Ani'yunwi'ya. The new Degataga dynasty had to fight a small civil war against the supporters of the old king who did not approve of their new King. However, the Great King Degataga had amassed many political and military allies before he made his move to overthrow the old king. The new King began to modernize the nation in preparation for its expansion into the neighboring nations.
Monarchs of the Degataga Dynasty and their reigns
King Degataga, the great (1670-1703)
Son of a wealthy Cherokee merchant, the young King Degataga the great spent most of his early life on the road with his father as he transported goods from the European colonies on the Borealia coastline. Since the Ani'yunwi'ya lacked a coastline of its own, this meant long journeys from the coastal colonies of Rome and Hispania, primarily the Roman colonies just to the south east of Ani'yunwi'ya.
This life style gave young King Degataga knowledge about economics, trade, transport and defensive (many bandits on those long roads you know). It also gave him important contacts in the Cherokee and Roman business world. Plus after taking over his father's company and running it himself, King Degataga amassed a large personal fortune for himself. With this he bought power and influence, and a growing dislike for how the Ani'yunwi'ya state "held back his business." Desiring more power he moved into politics using his power to try lobby the government, which had a little success. As his power grew he married a the daughter of a powerful Cherokee nobleman, who he had two sons with before she died in childbirth giving birth to his stillborn third son. The eldest son, Waya proved to be a useful ally in securing Degataga's future line with the future Prince becoming an important negotiator for his father's faction. His younger son, Sequoyah trained up his own personal army becoming a feared Cherokee mercenary leader before the Cherokee King appointed Sequoyah a general in the Cherokee army in an attempt to draw Sequoyah away from his father's cause. However, this did little to question Sequoyah's loyalty to his father and rather installed a greater desire for power in the young Sequoyah.
Dissatisfied with the barriers against his dominance as the Cherokee King began to wage a political war against him, the future King Degataga met with various Roman and Cherokee merchants, politicians, military men and other influential figures to build up and alliance, from which he could successfully get backing for a coup. The group planned with Degataga for many years, pulling together many resources to create a powerful and loyal force to support his coup. The political war between the Cherokee King and Degataga continued with Degataga becoming untouchable after amassing a powerful loyal army force in the capital and isolating the King from his former allies with bribes and promises of a better life under the rule of King Degataga.
In 1670 the coup happened and was successful, King Degataga removed the old royal family from their seat of power and executed them and their supporters to stop resistance to his new regime. However, his purge wasn't perfect and the remains of the old King's loyalists amassed a large force to revolt with. This civil war lasted around five years, with King Degataga the great emerging from it a great warrior, leader and ultimately, undisputed ruler of the Ani'yunwi'ya Cherokee Nation. General Galegenoh emerges as the strongest of the Cherokee generals and a loyal servant of King Degataga.
King Degataga began to modernize the nation, make it stronger and ensure that his Degataga dynasty would rule for many centuries to come. The King and his two sons began to cement Cherokee dominance in the inland regions of southeast Borealia. General Galegenoh is sent to lead a large military campaign to expand eastward by annexing the chaotic ex-Cahokian territory, with the aims of forming a common border with the European trading nations of Rome and Hamburg. The campaign lasts around ten years due to the guerrilla tactics of the Cahokian warlords controlling the civil disarray region. During this eastward expansion the two Princes pursue expansion on behalf of their father too, with Crown Prince Waya meeting with the Chief of the Shawanwa Nation to discuss the possible marriage between himself and the Chief's eldest daughter. Thus securing a marriage and a dynastic union between the Cherokee and Shawana in the later months of 1688. The marriage took place in 1691 and secured the Cherokee's northern border.
The King's second eldest son, Sequoyah fails to make the Chief of the Koasati Nation bend the knee to the Cherokee in 1688. This failure led to Prince Sequoyah instead being sent to Reme to discuss an alliance between the Cherokee and Romans against the Creek nation in-between Reme and Ani'yunwi'ya. General Galegenoh following his victory in the eastern campaign against the Cahokian warlords and nomads, the great General was sent south to prepare an army to attack the Creek and secure the Cherokee's southern borders. After returning from Reme for his brother's wedding, Prince Sequoyah searches for a royal bride to better the dynasty, but fails to find a bride suitable for himself. Thus the Prince begins to amass an army for the upcoming war against the Creek.
The war against the Creek Mvskoke Etvlwv nation starts in 1695 following many years of military build-up ad organising with the Romans. The war lasts for three years and secures the Cherokee's southern borders. Allowing King Degataga to focus on the western borders, which enabled King Degataga to make the Koasati bend the knee to the Cherokee, with the Koasati nation becoming a vassal of the Cherokee nation soon after being sent the head of the former Creek King. However, the aging King begins to see that his power is undisputed except to that of his eldest son, Waya. Thus the King abdicates in 1703 after he gets Prince Sequoyah a wife finally, and to allow his eldest son to ascend to the throne and form the United Cherokee-Shawana Kingdom.
King of the Cherokee and Shawana peoples, King Waya, the Uniter (1703-1729)
Following his marriage to Princess Ama of Shawana, and his powerful position in his father's regime, the crown prince began a quest for power and securing his dynasty. He had three sons with his wife: Austenaco in 1693, Gawonii in 1695 and Salal in 1696. His next child is a daughter whom he names Adsila following her being born under a blossoming tree in spring 1699.
After poisoning his father in-law in 1696, Prince Waya travels with his wife back to her home in the Shawana nation so that her father can be buried, and the couple can take his place as the monarchs of the Shawana nation. After five years ruling as the King of the Shawana, Prince Waya becomes King of the Cherokee following his father's abdication. Thus in 1703 Crown Prince Waya becomes King of both the Cherokee and Shawana, and he declares the United Cherokee-Shawana Kingdom. King Waya and Queen Ama declare their united Kingdom to be successor to the great Cahokian empire of old.
In the first year of his reign King Waya begins the construction of a new capital city along the Cherokee-Shawana border from which to rule their Kingdom. The new capital is named Watagi and is located on the banks of the Watauga River. A small lake is constructed from the river to provide a reservoir for the new city, right next to King Waya's new palace. In 1709 from his newly completed capital city, the King begins to plan a glorious new war of expansion to support the growing economy of the United Kingdom and its vassal of Koasati. However, while the economy grew very well during King Waya's reign, his military campaigns were not as successful.
King Waya's expansionist war against the former Cahokian territories to the northwest of the United Kingdom in 1717, three years after the death of Queen Ama who died from fever in 1714. The war suffered further setback in 1720 following the death of King Waya's close friend and ally, the Shawana general Cheku who was in charge of this campaign. Following an internal power struggle for control of the campaign, bad leadership, incorrect tactics and poor cooperation between the generals, the war was sluggish under General Cheku's command and got even worse following his death. The war is declared over in 1729 after the terrible campaign is ended by King Waya who orders all of the leading generals in charge of this war to the capital to a military tribunal for wasting the Kingdom's precious military resources. Five of the eleven campaign generals are executed with the rest being imprisoned, all on charges of treason and insubordination. The twelve year war was a disaster and only allowed the newly United Kingdom to expand 30,000 sq km.
In shame, King Waya abdicated his throne to his eldest son, Austenaco. Later in the year the disgraced King killed himself and the newly coronated King Austenaco buries his father under a statue in the royal road leading to the Royal Palace. His statue is built opposite his wife's statue on the sacred royal palace mall and next to his father's statue (the first statue on the royal road). King Austenaco orders the history books to show his father as the victim of vicious in-fighting and useless military leaders. The histories are ordered to put more focus on the economy which greatly improved under King Waya's rule.
King of the Cherokee and Shawana peoples, King Austenaco, the reckless (1729-1736)
The young-at-heart thirty-six year old King grew up under his father's careful eye being trained in military science, the art of business and war. Prince Austenaco enjoyed his war lessons the most and grew-up to be a fierce hunter and military commander. The rather brutal King began his reign by annexing the Koasati nation into the Cherokee Kingdom in a show of royal power. The Koasati Prince is demoted to a mere chief and the Koasati lose their autonomy as a vassal. The King vows to expand the Kingdom to avenge his father and restore honour to his family. However, his future expansions will not be as peaceful as the annexation of the Koasati the King vows.
King Austenaco continues his military ambitions by rapidly building up his armies by declaring a new royal army for the United Kingdom. The royal army is loyal only to the King, and he forces many of the Cherokee, Koasati and Shawana Chiefs/Lords to provide men to the royal army. Thus most of the feudal Chiefdom armies are severely weakened and military power is centralised in the hands of the King. For three years the royal army is built up in the Royal Capital of Watagi, and as the third year of military build-up ends; the King announces his plans to invade the ex-Cahokian territory to the northeast of the United Shawana-Cherokee Kingdom. Territory will be jointly annexed by both the Shawana and the Cherokee, and he announces several new Chiefdoms in the United Kingdom. The new Chiefdoms are appointed Chiefs who are the King's close allies without their own lands, and the King sets out with his allies to carve themselves out these new Chiefdoms from the civil disarray territories of the former Cahokian nation.
As 1732 begins, the military campaign begins with the royal army marching northeasterly into the civil disarray territory, waging a successful campaign against the lawless region. The war is very successful thanks to the royal army's centralised command structure, discipline and modern weapons. The United Kingdom expands 20,000 skm in two years and King Austenaco is filled with a great sense of pride and battle lust.
King Austenaco sends scouts to survey the near-by Hamburg colony of Karolina, as the King yearns for more glory and a seaport for his Kingdom. The scouts return in as the new year begins, reporting poor defences, lots of potential plunder and lots of natives willing to join the royal army to remove the European colonists. In a bout of native patriotism and anti-Europeanism, King Austenaco changes his military campaign's focus onto Karolina and capturing its capital, New Hamburg. As spring starts in 1735, King Austenaco leads his royal army into Karolina with his ambassadors being sent to the capital of Karolina, New Hamburg to demand the German colonists surrender, give up the colony and peacefully return to Europe. The Germans refuse the offer and the War for Karolina begins.
The initial year of the war is successful as the Cherokee-Shawana Royal army is lead deep into Karolina, with King Austenaco winning many victories and raising several villages and towns. However, the King's resolve is tested in the second year of the war as the royal army is bogged down besieging the capital of Karolina, New Hamburg. The European siege weapons greatly out-class the Cherokee weapons and during the siege, the King is killed by a canon. With the King dead, the royal army fall into disarray and the siege is broken by Hamburg reinforcements.
The German colonial army pushes back the now-leaderless royal army and quickly the war is brought into the Cherokee and Shawana nations themselves. The United Kingdom quickly crown the dead King's eldest brother Gawonii. King Gawonii replaces his brother. The royal army, once loyal to King Austenaco breaks apart and falls back to their former feudal lord's control; with the feudal lord's armies being sent to support the royal army, absorbing the royal army into their own ranks.
King of the Cherokee and Shawana peoples, King Gawonii, the unready (1736-1737)
Crowned in the midst of a great war, King Gawonii spent most of his short reign at strategy meetings and on the battlefield. The 41 year old King was a great warrior but lacked experience of governance, but he quickly learned how to use his home soil to his advantage. Following his brother's royal army's defeat to the Europeans on large open field battles, King Gawonii ordered his feudal lords to wage a war of night attacks, ambushes and raids on the blindly-marching European forces.
This change in tactics, and willingness of the Cherokee and Shawana people to defend their homes from the European invaders, turned the tide of war back into the favour of the United Kingdom. However, the European armies could march unopposed into the Kingdom, with the feudal lord's guerrilla armies only able to slow the European armies and not completely stop. King Gawonii realising this sends many diplomats to the capital of Karolina, New Hamburg, to wage a peace treaty to hopefully put a quick end to this war, which now looked set to be a long, slow war.
In the winter of 1737 following the many months of cat-and-mouse warfare in the eastern territories of the United Kingdom, diplomats from Hamburg escorted by Chief Chuquilatague of the Eastern Shawana seat of Immokalee. A diplomatic meeting takes place, but word of Chief Chuquilatague's ceasefire in the Eastern Shawana nation reaches the capital too late. Chief Chuquilatague and the Germans turn-coat and set their daggers on the King and his forces. King Gawonii's throat is cut by Chief Chuquilatague at the meeting, as is Crown Prince Salal. Crown Princess Adsila is captured by Chief Chuquilatague, who in allegiance with the Germans, and some other Cherokee and Shawana lords take over the capital, killing every Degataga loyalist in the capital. News of the coup quickly spreads throughout the Kingdom, and as a result of the Black Diplomacy Crown Princess Adsila succeeds her elder brother Gawonii as Queen. The Black Diplomacy saw every royal family member except Princess Adsila killed, and her Uncle Prince Sequoyah and his family. With her husband killed for being a traitor, and her children killed for being traitors; Princess Adsila becomes the centre of Chief Chuquilatague's plan to seize the throne, and the two are engaged quickly under considerable duress. Prince Sequoyah begins forming a large army of loyalists to help his free Princess Adsila from the treacherous Chief Chuquilatague and his German allies.
King of the Cherokee and Shawana peoples, Queen Adsila, the Winter Queen (1737)
In the fourth year of the Hamburg-Cherokee-Shawana War, Queen Adsila is crowned Queen of the Cherokee and Shawana peoples as winter begins in 1738. The poor 37 year old Queen is controlled totally by the Shawana Chief Chuquilatague who she declares as her one, true love during her coronation. The Chief marries the Queen a few days after her coronation, after some more persuading by her captors. She marries Chief Chuquilatague who is declared the rightful King of the Cherokee, Shawana, Coushatta, Creek and Koasati peoples. As a result, Queen Adsila gives up all of her royal duties to her husband, who becomes the new King. Her duties now turn to producing a child for King Coushatta to continue the newly founded Degataga-Chuquilatague Dynasty.
The reigns of the Monarchs of the Degataga-Chuquilatague Dynasty of the United Shawana-Cherokee Kingdom, vassal of the Duchy of Hamburg
King Chuquilatague, the powerful (1737-17??)
Becoming King in the last month of 1737, the new King continues to consolidate his hold on the Kingdom. Through his alliance with Karolina/Hamburg and various other Cherokee, Shawana, Coushatta, Creek and Koasati Chiefs; King Chuquilatague killed off all of his rivals who would still support the old Degataga Dynasty. The King signs a peace treaty with some diplomats from Hamburg, the treaty of Watagi ends hostilities between the United Kingdom and the Hamburger colonists in Karolina. The treaty also decrees the United Kingdom to be a subordinate vassal of the Duchy of Hamburg.
In 1738, with support of Hamburger troops, King Chuquilatague sends forth a royal army to go kill his uncle-in-law Prince Sequoyah and his family, so that the only remains of the Degataga Dynasty would be his children with Queen Adsila Degataga. The final year of the war is finished with a battle in which, Prince Sequoyah is killed, and later his family is captured and also killed. The heads of the Prince and his family are sent to the King to confirm his undisputed control over the Kingdom. The brutal destruction of the Degataga Dynasty by King Chuquilatague is crowned when Queen Adsila gives birth to a boy, which as a result causes King Chuquilatague to announce the Degataga-Chuquilatague Dynasty will continue to rule the United Shawana-Cherokee Kingdom until the sun rises in the west and sets in the east.