The first settlers in Stonybreck came from mainland Europe, and arrived from the River Wyvern, in the east. They built the first settlement, Wyvernport, which became a huge hub for imports and exports through its harbour, a reputation which Stonybreck holds to this day. Settlers soon came from the Americas, arriving in Lerwick Bay to the west. These people built the city of Lerwick, and for many years neither group knew of each other's existence. This continued for many years, however as both populations moved further inland, they soon discovered each other, leading to one of the most unusual civil wars in history. This war was also one of the longest, lasting nearly 100 years from 1669 to 1753. By this time the rest of Europe was beginning to industrialise, and the European settlers wanted to follow suit. This resulted in the Stonybreck Treaty, which split the island into East and West Stonybreck, divided by the River Whalsay and the River Yell. Unfortunately this did not resolve the tension between the two sides, as both still wanted the other. It is not known whether the grace period was beneficial or not today, as it allowed both rivals to innovate, not only in production, but, more significantly, in arms. By 1799 the tension had grown to such an extent that the Americans broke the treaty. Today in the Lerwick gallery, a famous picture contains an alleged moment when the then Leader of West Stonybreck ripped the treaty and threw it into their fireplace. The Americans contacted the Europeans, which contained a message along the lines of: "We no longer care for your treaty, and want our land. We have weapons beyond your imagination available to us. Surrender." Undoubtedly the Europeans did not, but failed to recognise how much more power the opposition had. West Stonybreck now contained four large population centres, while East still only had Wyvernport. The ensuing bloodbaths become known as the Eastern Atrocities.
The first conflict was the battle at Sullom Voe, the summit of Mount Scatsta. Little is known about this event as every single European soldier who fought there was killed; it remains today as the nation's largest graveyard, and Sullom Voe is respectfully never mentioned, only visited. With only one city holding the majority of the population of East Stonybreck, it was not hard for the Americans to capture it, and thus the Empire of Stonybreck was formed. No leader, or member of the population wanted to see a conflict like the one they had just experienced, so in the European capital two reeds were placed inside a glass frame, a symbol of everlasting peace inside Stonybreck. This formation of reeds is represented in the flag of Stonybreck.Map showing the overall island, main cities and rivers of Stonybreck.
As a result of the attack on East Stonybreck, swathes of Wyvernport citizens were left with nowhere to live. Plus, there was a distinct lack of rivers in the eastern region to provide places for new settlements. This meant the construction of three New Towns: Gunnister, Copister and Hellister, along the southern coastline. They were planned from the beginning, meaning a sensible road pattern and the three were the first to make use of new railway technology, linking them together within hours. More information on this will be provided when I get round to the transportation section.