History of the Vaustian Cluster
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Year 0:  The Vaustian Cluster is discovered by renowed explorer Culvis Vaustian

Year 23-53:  Trappers, miners and loggers come to the Vaustian Cluster in search of resources.

Year 77:  The city of Keffistil is founded on the eastern coast of Degris.  It is the first permanent settlement built in the Vaustian Cluster.

Year 77-126:  Large numbers of tradesmen, laborers, criminals and outcasts settle Degris and the surrounding areas.  The rough and varied crowd intermingles and the people call themselves Keffis.  This is considered the first major cultural immigration to the Vaustian Cluster.

Year 153:  Territorial and resource disputes lead many to desire codified laws.  This results in formation of the first official Keffite government.

Year 263:  Prince So'Nain, a pretender to the distant Dophane throne is exiled.  He and his allies who were exiled with him settle the berg of Rudian in the Vaustian Cluster.  The people rename themselves the Sophanes.

Year 266:  Prince So'Nain realizes that many Dophanites are unhappy with the life in their native Dophane.  He makes a grand invitation to both the peasantry and aristocracy of Dophane, promising them opportunity and power respectively if they join him on Rudian.

Year 266-281:  Over the next fifteen years thousands answer his call, founding the city of Sonice and settling the surrounding area.  This forms the second major cultural migration to the Vaustian Cluster.

Year 337:  Missionaries from Glethavein come to the Vaustian Cluster and preach the faith of Ulmanos.  They meet with slow but steady progress.

Year 351-394:  Both the Keffis and Sophanes experience population booms.  Several smaller cultural immigrations occur.

Year 427:  A large group of refugees from the Nycos Conflict arrive in the Vaustian Cluster and settle the western coast of the berg of Elarin.  They call themselves the Nycoban.  This is considered the third major cultural migration to the Vaustian Cluster.

Year 488-516:  Growing tensions between settlers of various cultures result in minor border conflicts.

Year 518:  Tension reaches a peak resulting in a massive conflict known by several names including the Vaustian War, the Seminal Conflict and the Grinding.  It is considered to be the most costly war, in terms of lives lost, in the history of the Vaustian Cluster.

Year 541:  After more then twenty years of conflict, a truce is called.  Peace talks occur in the city of Tumin and a document, later called the Tumin pact, is signed.  The pact created a loose confederacy between the surviving factions known as the Vaustian League and redefined national boarders.  An organization called the Tumin council was formed from members of each nation and was tasked to resolve international disputes.  The council elected a seneschal from amongst their number to lead the council.

Year 582:  The Vaustian Cluster first encounters the Anorak people, a group of nomadic raiders.  The Anoraks make nonpermanent settlements in unpopulated areas of the Vaustian Cluster.  They make several successful attacks on smaller nations, but avoid large population centers.  This is considered the fourth major cultural migration to the Vaustian Cluster.

Year 601:  Some Anoraks decide to move on and follow their nomadic heritage, however a large portion decide to stay and build permanent cities.

Year 644:  The Anoraks grow in strength.  Their raids increase in intensity.

Year 655:  The small nation of Kosep, angered by Anorak raids, musters an army in an attempt to drive them out of the Vaustian Cluster entirely.

Year 659:  The war goes poorly for Kosep, and the Anoraks take over half their territory.

Year 662:  Emboldened by their success, the Anoraks begin attacking larger nations and population centers, taking sizeable chunks of territory.  Nations attacked by the Anoraks defend themselves but only meet with moderate success against the aggressive tactics employed by the Anoraks.

Year 664:  People under assault by the Anoraks request aid from the Tumin council, but the council is slow to act, failing to send reinforcements until the Anoraks are well entrenched in their new holdings.

Year 670:  A coalition gathered by the Tumin council successfully routs the final Anorak stronghold.  The Anoraks surrender and are forced to grant yearly tributes as reparations.  However, they are allowed to keep the lands they originally settled.

Year 672-716:  The Tumis council slowly increases its authority over the next decades, claiming a desire to avoid the lack of unity that led to the length of the Anorak War.

Year 717:  Fear of new attacks from the neighboring nation of Nevar leads the Tumis Council to hold a vote that dissolves the Vaustian League and reforms it as the United Vaustian Monarchy.  The decision is a controversial one and major concessions are made to dissenting factions.  Nations within the league already ruled by monarchies are largely in favor.  Governments without monarchies are given a grant that allows them to elect an aristocracy to represent them in the United Vaustian Monarchy.  The Seneschal is renamed the Emperor.

Year 873:  Attunement is discovered and quickly grows in popularity.

Year 895:  King Na'Tier is crowned emperor after his father dies of unexpected illness.

Year 896-907:  Emperor Na'Tier's reign is a troubled one.  Na'Tier is constantly swayed by powerful nobles who seek to control him.  This results in poor decisions that destabilize the United Vaustian Monarchy.  A major famine and economic depression only make things worse.  It is still debated how much of Na'Tier's troubles were due to circumstance or incompetance.

Year 919:  In an effort to secure his throne, Emperor Na'Tier declares attunement to be illegal, except for members of the ruling family and his personal retainers.

Year 924:  The Aleph Association is formed in response to this decree.  It first seeks to change the emperor's mind through diplomacy, protest and the courts, but later resorts to smuggling refugee attuneweiyld to safety.

Year 928:  The United Vaustian Monarchy falls into complete rebellion.  The United Vaustian Monarchy is overturned, due in part to the efforts of the Great Families, the Aleph Association and rebels at large.  It is replaced by the Vaustian Republic.

Year 1034:  Skydrivers are developed, leading to an increase in trade and travel.

Year 1129:  Present day.
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