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The Tejeas Empire was born out to of the State of Texas, which weathered the days of chaos relatively well. A gulf coastal power, the nation is one of the most powerful North American nations and encompasses some of the most valuable trade ports on the gulf coast. Access to these ports, including Houston, allows the empire to control trade with the Caribbean and beyond. This position also places it in contact with the infidels of the south, an ever-growing threat to the sovereignty of the Tejeas Empire.
Little is known of the Tejeas region before the days of chaos, except for that the area was once a portion of the United States of America, and that much of the empire was within the boundaries of ancient Texas.
Days of Chaos:
As the United States of America collapsed the Governor of Texas, Charles Allen Culberson, urged the Texas State Legislature to dissolve the ties the bound Texas to the rest of the nation. In June of 1899 a vote was held, and Culberson became the first President of the Second Republic of Texas. The republic was ill fated from the beginning, burgeoned by debt and engaged in a war of independence with the United States, the republic collapsed in 1912. However the brief moment of national unity found by the Texans made it possible for the successor states of, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston to unite. For 30 years following the collapse of the Second Republic of Texas chaos ensued. Millions died in a series of wars, and ethnic violence erupted between whites and Hispanic immigrants fleeing Mexico.
After 30 years of non-stop violence several small states emerged around once major cities. Austin, the capital of the states of Texas, was home to the Republic of Tejeas, a self-styled continuation of the Republic of Texas. San Antonio contained the Alamo Republic, a state with large populations thanks to its agricultural productivity. The Gulf Coastal Republic, which included Houston and much of the central gulf coast, was a large trade nation which established the trading roots of the Tejeas Empire. The three republics were partners in trade and mutually defensive, so long as they did not contest each other's vassals. This state of mutual defense and trade relations allowed for a series of diplomatic marriages which placed the Campbell family in charge of all three republic. Their monopoly of power then allowed the Campbells to unite the three into the Tejeas Republic, an Oligarchic Republic controlling much of the Tejeas Empire's Territory. Within 10 years of the formation of the Tejeas Republic the Campbells ended the power of the legislature and created the Tejeas Empire.
The Tejeas Empire quickly grew from its native home and conquered much of the territory that divided the original three republics. The nation soon swelled to 3.2 million souls and occupied roughly one third of the territory of Texas. The nation controls the coast as far east of Beaumont Texas, a large pirate port, and has a myriad of vasssals including the Dallas-Ft. Worth Confederacy.
The Tejeas Empire follows a strict succession guideline, in which the ruler is elected by the congress from the able minded living members of the imperial family. This is the only function of the Congress and it is usually Connived only once every few decades.
The Empire competes regularly for trade with New Orleans, employing the pirates of Beaumont. Trade ships of New Orleans are often plundered by the pirates, and rarely by the naval forces of Tejeas. The navy of Tajeas is comprised of many large galleys and several fire-ships which employ the most feared weapon of the Tejean Fleet, Texan Fire. These fire-ships are equipped with large pump-based systems which squirt the burning mixture up to 30 feet. This capability allows the Tejean Fleet to compete with the much larger Orleans Fleet. On the land the Empire manitains a large proffesional army of 15,000, and a much larger militia of up to 45,000. These are supplmented by an imperial defense force, the Tejean Ranger who number 1,000 strong.