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|The Senone Repubic|
|•||247 - 229 BC||Enorac (first)|
|Historical Era||Era One, and Era Two|
|•||Senone Centralization||3rd century BC 247 BC|
|•||Senone-Boii War||324 - 322 BC|
|•||1 AD est.||500,000|
The Senone Republic, also called the simply The Republic, and occasionally, The Northern Republic by the Etruscans, was a notable nation in Northern Italy that existed between 247 BC and 839 AD. While the nation was initially established after a war, it soon became, perhaps inevitably, much more focused on trade. Its advantageous position between Italy and Europe gave it a huge advantage in that respect. This stable source of wealth for the Republic probably contributed to its longevity - around 1,000 years, well over most other European nations, and especially surprising for a relatively small nation.
Despite its small size and lower population, the wealth of the Senone Republic allowed it to be a very influential nation. Not only did it shape the Gallic and Germanic civilizations of Europe, but it was also a major factor in Etrusca's lifespan, serving at different times as both an ally and an enemy. The Senone also expanded their influence as far as Greece and Iberia through trade, eventually getting to levals where they could compete with Carthage. Their military influence, while not a pronounced, was also important - many notable wars had Senone auxiliaries on one side or the other, and their warriors where famously effective, even in small numbers.
After the victory against the Boii tribe, the Senone naturally gravitated toward centralization. At first, this would mean that the small villages that made up the Senone tribe would expand their relations with each other. However, in the face of increasing hostility from other tribes, these weak relations proved not to amount to much. Meanwhile, trade with Etrusca helped the southern villages become more centralized, with some even evolving into cities. Notably, Senona - formally a small and not really noteworthy village - became particularly powerful, pulling a large area with it. This area, centered around Senona, became the basis for the rest of the nation's founding.
The formation of a "state" around Senona encouraged more centralization, but in order to create a viable nation, an actual system of government was needed. This is where Enorac, widely regarded as the founder of the republic came in. A powerful merchant, and (probably) the richest man in Senona, he called a meeting of various leaders to decide on the fate of the nation. His argument was for a Republic, similar in concept to the then defunct Roman nation. This choice was met with universal approval, particularly among the lower classes. It took around three months to hammer out the specifics, but by winter of 247 BC, the republic was officially founded, and Enorac elected the first Chieftain.
Following the official creation of the Senone republic and the election of Enorac, the remainder of the formation period was a breeze. The main difficulty would be getting the more northern Senone to align with the new Republic. Fore the most part, this was done with relative ease, though some small communities held out as late as 200 BC. In addition, other tribes that had been affected by the Senone defeat of the Boii had to be dealt with. For the most part, the settlements were peaceful, but on more than one occasion entire tribes where routed by the Senone. Other than that, all that needed to be done was establish relations with Etrusca, which was done with ease, giving their role in centralization and the preexisting relation between the two.
Centralization of Europe
After its official formation, the Senone Republic began looking for ways to expand its influence across the world. Given its position between Etrusca and the tribal lands of Europe, the solution seemed glaringly obvious. Slowly, trade routes began to materialize across western Europe. The most important of these was, somewhat counter intuitively, the one running to the Northwest. While the the Gauls in the south were obviously closer, the ones in the north seemed far more willing to trade, possibly because they had less resources and need it more, while the Germans were aggressive to any attempts at establishing trade. As these Gallic trade routes grew, Etrusca got in on the action, using the Senone as a middle man, and solidifying the Republic's position as a trading and economic powerhouse.
This new trade had an originally unintentional, but outstanding side effect - the centralization of the northwest. The area, soon dubbed Gauland experienced a massive influx of trading. This lead to many smaller villages popping up, and as these became the center of trade they quickly grew. Most notably, Orleans and Paris grew rapidly, with the surrounding areas also urbanizing. Normandii and Britorcay also grew, though at a slower rate due to their positioning, and their reliance on Orleans to serve as a middleman for trade. This rapid development also spread the the south, but because of the significant lag, the South would never really develop itself and would ultimately be crushed by the north.
As the Senone grew in power and economic influence, the centralized power began to expand northward, across northern Italy. This led to the creation of many more cities, which were used extensively for trade, and allowed the population to skyrocket. Not only that, but dominance over northern Italy made the Senone Republic a much more influential player in the affairs of Etrusca and Safineim. This would show in the Third Safinei war, were Senone soldiers changed the balance of various battles more than once. Overall, this Expansion would be a great thing in the long term the Senone, and would eventually help them become a dominate player in European politics.
However, while this expansion would be very beneficial to the Senone Republic in the long term, it would severally hurt in the short term. The Senone government invested far too much in infrastructure, and as a result nearly bankrupted themselves. Meanwhile, trading on the frontier initially went terribly - Slavic and Germanic tribes were far more prone to raiding than trading. This was a massive blow to the Senone economy, and the massive investment in Germanic trade even interrupted their trade with the Gallic cities. This meant, in essence, that short term, this project would be economically devastating, but would make up for it eventually.
Trade and Economic Boom
The Peaceful Time
War With Dardanian Etrusca