Seefluss is a nation of the Continent, sandwiched between the Holy States and the Konigtum. Its capital is Heiligenberg, and its mainly mountainous terrain has made it easy to defend for centuries, along with a population highly dedicated to its own independence. It has one main river, the Fläsch, and two of its borders are also formed by rivers, the Euchen and the Weicht. The country is heavily mountainous, with its back to the Wachtgebirge (The mountain range separating the Kingdom of the Plains from the rest of the Continent), and this is a fact that has aided the country when it has been invaded.
The language that is spoken in Seefluss is a dialect of Reichisch that is relatively similar to Stadtländer, but nonetheless has some differences from it. Seeflussers never refer to their language as Reichisch, preferring to refer to it as Seeflussisch. Continental branch Faith of the Three is the majority religion, and Seeflussers make up 90-95% of the population.
The country has its origins in the 700s N.A.. It was originally a sixth Hertowdom within the Konigtum, and its rulers were rather rich, both due to the fact that the region was the main source of gold and silver for the Konigtum, and due to the fact that they were the only Hertowdom other than Stadtland itself to have an Oiran Palace, the Heiligenberg. The palace is an entire, hollowed out mountain, and is one of the best examples of Oiran construction ability to still survive. In times of siege, it has room to accommodate around fifty thousand people (If the food storage chambers are stocked, of course).
The Hertows of Seefluss were always very independent, due to their wealth and their ability to defend themselves from most attempts at punishment for slights. Increasingly, they attempted to become the only family that could occupy the throne in Taubstadt. For a few generations, through threats and bribes, they managed to elect every Hertow, one after the other, to the throne. After one particularly disastrous reign, however, a candidate from Rheuch was elected.
The Hertow of Seefluss had expected to automatically receive the throne, passing the rule of the Hertowdom to his son and himself becoming Konig. When he was not elected, he declared the whole election illegitimate, and started a war in an attempt to take the throne by force. Initially he was joined in this by the Hertow of Rheuch, but as the war dragged on and he was slowly forced backwards to Heiligenberg, he quickly started losing friends in the Konigtum.
In the end, he managed to stop the combined armies of Wälderland, Täuben and Teischen in a battle at the river Weicht, but both sides were so devastated by the war that they couldn't make any gains either way. The Hertow of Seefluss continued to refuse to accept the loss of the throne, but managed to make peace with the other Hertows and end the war. The treaty they signed stipulated that Seefluss would not pay taxes to, nor be subject to the administration of the Konig, but it would maintain its electoral right, and support the Konigtum in wars.
This came to an end about sixty years later, when a new Konig tried to regain those powers over Seefluss. He invaded, and managed to lay siege to the Heiligenberg. Unfortunately for him, he didn't manage to capture it, and a massive outbreak of cholera ravaged his army. When reinforcements came down the Fläsch and attacked his army, he was defeated and killed, and his head was sent back to Taubstadt in a sack. From then on, the Hertow of Seefluss refused to aid the Konigtum in war, and declared himself to be the rightful Konig. In return, the other Hertows stopped recognising his electoral vote. This was the beginning of many years of intermittent conflicts, as well as the independence of Seefluss. The day of the Battle of Heiligenberg remains a national holiday in Seefluss to this day, and is traditionally the day on which new kings are crowned.
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