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The Kingdom of the Fens is the oldest nation in the British Isles, formed in 1905, when desperate inhabitants of the area blew the locks and pumps, flooding it, and sealing themselves off from the banditry and looting of the Isles as a whole.
The area was in chaos, with no ruler. People starved in the streets, when a student of Cambridge University began to speak in the City Centre. Crowds gathered to hear his impassioned cries to bring rule and order back to the land. Atop a War Horse, Broadsword in hand, he subjugated those that refused his rule, few that there were.
He was crowned in Ely, King of the Fens. He set about building a fleet, and within the year, the Fennish were trading furs and meat for Grain from the Cornish, and trading boiled leather armour for Longbows with the Welsh. The Kingdom of the Fens was stabilised, and they never looked back.
The Royal Line held firm, with each King being blessed with a son and heir, until 1954, when King Justin the Foolhardy died fighting in the swamps against Raiders, who swam into the Kingdom in search of easy loot. The King leapt amongst them, broadsword in hand, swiftly followed by his guards, and and felled four bandits before a crossbow bolt ended his fight, and his reign. With the death of the King, and the extinction of the direct royal line, they turned to the lesser branch, rulers of Ely. The death of King Justin was the finest result the Kingdom could have hoped for. The Royal Line had been in decline, whilst the younger, Ely Branch grew only stronger.
The first Ely King, King James the Shipwright, revolutionised the Fennish Navy, creating a trade fleet, which was built for the open sea, and could travel to Cornwall and Wales with impudence, and the patrol fleet, which had far less displacement, and patrolled within the Fens themselves, abruptly ending the banditry that plagued the West of the Kingdom.
Upon his death in 1962, of Fever, his son, King Charles the Builder was crowned. He swiftly began construction of a road network, of wooden logs on stilts, to allow easier trade between the cities within the Kingdom. Charles ruled until his death, in 1987, at the age of 40, when a section of his road network broke, as did his neck.
King Charles son, King Michael the Maleficent was cut from a different cloth. He began investing in the navy, and the army, and in 1992, the Kingdom of the Fens invaded the East Midlands, which had been relatively unscathed in the wars between Wales and Londia. With the East Midlands under Fennish control, the Fennish were able to raise a larger army, and, allying with the Cornish, fell upon the Londian Empire. The Cornish, although mighty sailors, and unbeaten on the ocean, ship to ship, were no match for the Londian Heavy Cavalry. The Cornish retreated before the Londian storm, fleeing back across the river, to Cornwall, and signing a peace treaty with the Londian Empire.
The Fennish began evacuating the Midlands enclave, but King Michael, by now driven insane by power, refused to leave. He stood, flanked by his cousins, the Black and White Knights. Their Armour glinting in the morning sun, the finest knights the land had ever seen fell, back to back, on a mound of Londian dead. The King fought on, but was encircled. Unable to approach without feeling the sting of his blade, the Londians shot him down with Crossbows. Thus ended the Fennish Folly.
King Michael's eldest son perished attempting to rally their cornish allies as the Londians charged, so his younger son was crowned. The current King, King William the First, swiftly negotiated with the Londians, and was forced to renounce any and all claim the Fens had on the East Coast of Britain, but that which they held. Needing a way to secure his position, William began, in 2008, the Fennish Colonisation of the Islands. Beginning with the Isle of White, the Fennish were forced to kill every one of the cannialistic islanders, at great loss of life. Unable to hold the island, the Fennish landed on, and annexed, the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. This secured William's position, and he turned to trade. With trade flourishing, and money pouring in, King William has undone the damage his father dealt to the Fenlands' reputation.
The Fennish Economy is based on furs, meat and fish. They have trading outposts on the edge of the fens. The success or failure of their produce does not greatly affect them, as they can survive without outside aid. The Fennish are generally considered poor negotiators, as they avoid confrontation.
Trade goes on with most of the other nations in the British Isles.