Estergon's Coat of Arms
Rise to Prominence
Not much is known for certain about the foundation of Estergon, with legend stating that it was founded in 34 A.D. by some of the original followers of Christ that were banished from their homeland due to their faith. The state was built in northeast of Europe and controlled most of the fertile Pannonian Basin, eventually evolving into a Christian kingdom where the noble families were closely tied to their land's diocese, with even House Habsburg - the royal family of Estergon -- being limited by the Archdiocese of Burdgihan. At that point, Estergon was a peaceful state due to it's religious and cultural teachings, with it's earliest known ruler being King Joseph of Burdgihan, a man who was proclaimed a saint during his rulership and is often referred to as the ideal Christian man in all aspects.
At first, the purpose of Estergon's army was to defend the state's border, but things have changed since 433 A.D. with Stephen Habsburg rising to the throne of Estergon and introducing the concept of holy wars to his people. Believing that it is his duty to spread Christianity to the rest of the world, he begun conquering neighboring states and putting them under his direct control, forcing them to accept Christianity by either force or will. During his conquests, Stephen managed to obtain riches from the eliminated nations while gaining control over their lands, having Estergon control both Pannonia and the Danube River, something that made the Christian kingdom a rising threat.
Queen of Dalmatia
With word of Stephen Habsburg's conquests spreading through Europe, larger nations were angered while smaller states were concerned, with one of them being the trade oriented English state that ruled over Dalmatia which was located on the Caspian Sea and bordered the Pannonian Basin. Because of this, Mirae of Newport - who was Dalmatia's leader -- decided to send her finest diplomats to debate with House Habsburg, with them not being successful. Put into a dangerous position, she knew that it was up to her to bring her people out of it, which is why she travelled to Burdighan on her own and discussed things with the king on her own, but things didn't go as she expected.
Rather than putting the king in his place, the two have developed a mutual attraction, which is what influenced their minds and persuaded them into finding a common ground. And with that working for them, the two have come to a agreement that benefited Estergon more than Dalmatia, but Mirae even more than Stephen. After accepting Christianity alongside the rest of her people, the woman was wed to the king by the Archbishop of Burdighan and became the Queen Consort of Estergon, but after giving birth to two sons and living through her husband's death during one of his conquests, she became Queen Regent.
Seeing as she was loved by the Church due to her bringing the Christian faith to Dalmatia and adored by smallfolk who admired her kindness and beauty, Mirae wasn't questioned when she started bringing changes to Estergon during her regency. She begun introducing the language of her people, English, to Estergon and encouraged trade rather than war, bringing them even greater wealth and ending her deceased husband's dream of conquering the heretic world. During that time, Estergon was going through a Renaissance due to the merge of two different cultures under one ruler, and that alongside the economic development of the nation was Queen Mirae's legacy, with the wealth she brought to Estergon being deemed so great that it is the reason the country named it's currency after her.
During the East-West Schism in 1054, Estergon was in a uncomfortable position due to minimum crown authority laws being present in the land and each noble and diocese having their own opinion of should Estergon accept Catholicism or Orthodox. This angered the current leader, King Alexander the Second, who knew Estergon had nothing to do with the divide in the first place. Due to this, the man started a domestic war with the blessing of Archdiocese of Burdgihan, because he didn't want to have his nation divided into two religions and was frustrated with his vassals. The war lasted for over a decade, but the result was made clear with King Alexander's victory.
Rather than taking either side, Alexander let the two religions fight one another while he ignored them, having Estergon follow the Christian faith as it was meant to be in the beginning while becoming isolated from the rest of the world. In the meantime, he proclaimed numerous cadet branches of House Habsburg and had them replace former nobility, having his family rule Estergon as a whole. This move granted both House Habsburg and Estergon unique positions in the world, but the losses brought by the domestic war and the harm brought to their relations with the now divided Church would haunt them forever.
21st Century Changes
With tolerance and industry both developing in the world, Estergon begun to reclaim it's former prominence after many centuries of isolation. Due to it's unique history and culture alongside it's beautiful landscapes, Estergon's tourism rapidly flourished and soon enough helped it catch up with the rest of the world when it came to technology, and Estergon's knowledge of the English language brought to it by Queen Mirae during the 5th century helped with communcation. The nation was since then urbanized and started connecting itself to the rest of the world once more, which is what led King Joseph the Fourth to have Estergon join the European Union in 2014, hoping that this move will help his nation continue to develop at the same pace.
Conventional long form: Christian Kingdom of Estergon
Conventional short form: Estergon
Humid winters, warm summers
Plains, low mountains, hills
Danube, Tisza, Drava
Debrecen, Szeged, Pecs, Gyor, Nyreghaz, Keschmet
Hymn of Angels
House of Habsburg (34-present)
King: Joseph Habsburg the Fourth
Queen Consort: Lana Habsburg
Heir: William HabsburgNoble titles:
All are held by cadet branches of House Habsburg since 1064
Archduke of Dalmatia
Duke of Szeged
Count of Pecs
Baron of Gyor
Baron of Nyreghaz
Baron of KeschmetSuccession law: