The Kingdom of Inling is a prosperous nation in the central plains and eastern coastal region of the North Continent. Large and militarily powerful, the kingdom’s history has been one of constant warfare with it’s neighbor Lias
Like Lias, Inling was originally settled by Halflings before the Era of Men began. The small ones cultivated the farmland and dotted the plains with small towns and villages.
In the 10th century EOM settlers from Viridia landed on the eastern coast and began to spread west. The region considered themselves Viridian for some time, and we administered as a colony under a governor from the capital in Costa Este.
In the year 1322 EOM a group of nobles in the west aligned against the crown in Viridia. They had been taxed heavily and had resources confiscated to pay for further military campaigns against Mithland. The nobles unified behind a charismatic young man named Phillip – who then assembled an army and began to secure territory from the plains out to east of Chill Lake. By that winter they established a capital in Esside and crowned Phillip King of Inling.
The Viridian colonial forces dug in, and after slowly gaining more territory year after year Inling laid siege to Costa Este- finally capturing it for good in 1361 after nearly a decade of attempts to cut off the city. Phillip died that next winter in early 1362, giving the throne of Inling to his son Phillip II.
Phillip II spent his reign consolidating power in Esside. He installed a close cousin as the governor in Costa Este and divided the country into five provinces. By dividing the country and giving these provinces limited autonomy he allowed the various families to feel empowered while still maintaining control. With no serious enemy to fight the army made several small advances into Turuk, only to be rebuffed by the weather and ferocity of the inhabitants. Fighting with the Wendellians also became an issue in the late 14th century, but the regional governor made peace with the tribes in 1398.
In 1402 Phillip III took over for his age addled father and sent spies into Lian territory. Discovering the unrest in east Lias would make potential conquest easier, Phillip quickly advanced and stunned the Lian forces. Both the rebel and imperial forces were nearly crushed- surrendering to Phillip who proclaimed himself the Emperor of Lias as well as King of Inling.
In 1414 Phillip III succumbed to illness, and his oldest son Phillip IV took the throne at the very young age of 12.
In 1429, the provincial governor in Lias died, and his oldest son Agustin claimed the governorship as his birthright. Enraged, Phillip instead sent his closest adviser- Generalissimo Orlando- into the territory with a small force to remove the young man. Agustin instead had himself crowned Emperor of the Lias and met Orlando in battle.
Elderly Orlando was wholly unprepared for real resistance, and was crushed by an ambush in the summer of 1430. Massacres and expulsions of occupying Inlingian troops all over Lias followed, and the stage was set for another period of war.
The next millennium in Inling was filled with war with Lias, stopping for only a few decades at a time until time the current peace is settled in 2521.
The kingdom is currently under the rule of Queen Isabella XIV in Esside. The five provinces remain as follows:
- Lacia is the province surrounding Esside and the Chill Lake. Known for fishing and boating.
- Rancia is the province between Esside and the coastal province. Made up mainly of ranch-land it is the home of the famous Inlingian horses.
- Lacostia is the province around Costa Este. This land is slightly warmer and more humid, allowing for mainly rye and barley farming and international trade centered in the city.
- Lanura is the western province on the border with the Treaty Zone, with an economy based on wheat farming.
- Escollo is the long, thin southern province along the edge of the desert. The drier soil here allows for fruit orchards warm weather.
Like in Lias, the border with the treaty zone is heavily patrolled and the military of the King is ever present and maintains order in the country.
Economy and Demographics
Inling has around a million humanoid citizens, with about 90% of these being human. Halflings and wendellians make up most of the remainder.
The Inlingian economy is largely regional and based on ranching, orchards, fishing or farming.