Lualdi is an island region somewhere in the middle of the world. It is inhabited by Pokémon and humans alike, though its history of colonization means that wild Pokémon have had to adapt to human presence as opposed to the other way around. Being equatorial, much of the region is tropical with dense jungles, vibrant beaches, and little in the way of noticeably different seasons.
Lualdi is divided up into ten provinces: Primarrivo, Mediterra, Ienza, Boscuro, Selvaguen, Pioveri, Domorto, Voluzione, Camani, and Sistazzo. Each of these provinces is independently governed and has its own capital city; however, all provinces answer to the Lualdi Pokémon League, which unites them as a cohesive whole and keeps them working together for mutual benefit.
The northern half of Lualdi is at a higher elevation than the southern half, which is largely below sea level beyond the coasts. Unless one scales the cliffs on the border between Boscuro and Selvaguen, Lualdi's northern half is inaccessible by land -- prospective visitors must use air or sea transport otherwise.
Records from prior to this era do not exist; the vast majority of them were destroyed in the wars that followed. As such, the dates of when the Medieval Period began are hotly contested, and nobody is quite certain of when it started. The common agreement is that the Medieval Period started somewhere between the years 1000 and 1400, with most historians believing it started closer to 1000 than 1400.
Lualdi's native humans live in nine kingdoms: Midter, Iens, Baskur, Salganas, Mortand, Ceman, Rennerland, Voletion, and Tazas. The boundaries of these kingdoms roughly correspond to the provincial boundaries of modern-day Lualdi, though historically these boundaries could flucuate with a given kingdom's power.
Historians have noted that, for the most part, Lualdi's provinces use the colonials' names for these kingdoms, or at least seem to be derived from them, with the exception of Primarrivo. Primarrivo was the colonists' territory gained from the Midter Kingdom during the colonists' first arrival, and was not a separate kingdom.
The Medieval Period was primarily an era of ever-cycling peace and war between the kingdoms. At times, the kingdoms would contend with one another for extra territory, but at others they peacefully traded goods and were staunch allies.
Technology was not terribly advanced, but the magnificent castles of the Medieval Period are a sight to behold. These magnificent stone bastions were incredible defenses against Pokémon and human alike, being tailored to counter assaults by either group. However, the only remaining castles from this era are mostly in Voluzione, as the remaining ones were destroyed before the modern-day.
The relationship between humans and Pokémon was primarily one of partnership. Though medieval natives are known for using a magic material that would later be called "dominus" (which was primarily mined in the far north or far south of the region), there were many settlements that did not use dominus to control Pokémon. For the most part, only rich lords, royalty, and the knights in their service used dominus. The rarity of the material meant that dominus-users were the privileged minority. Peasants, if they had Pokémon at all, had to raise the Pokémon from eggs or befriend them by other means, and most often only had weak Pokémon that weren't too dangerous or were easy to raise. Some local lords would actually prohibit peasants from owning certain kinds of Pokémon, worried that placing too much power in their hands could lead to an uprising.
The years 1600-1800 comprise the Colonial Era of Lualdi. Residents from a far-off region whose name has been lost to time landed in the Midter Kingdom area along the coast. Calling the region Lualdi, a name that means roughly "Land of the Loyal" in their language, they quickly established settlements around the area that is now Port Zolfo. The colonists had technology far beyond that of the natives, which intrigued the Midter Kingdom.
The colonists' technology was primarily powered by steam, cogs or other mechanical advancements. Though crude to the modern eye, this technology was foreign to the natives of Lualdi, and was remarkably useful in improving day-to-day living conditions, not to mention the usefulness of the colonists' gunfire and explosives in war.
The Midter Kingdom allegedly was going through a time of great turmoil at the colonists' arrival; they had lost significant portions of their land to the neighboring Iens Kingdom. It is said that the princess of the kingdom was especially interested in gaining the colonists' technology for themselves, and traded dominus in return for the colonists' fascinating inventions. The colonists' inventions were sold to other kingdoms, turning Midter's fortunes around.
The colonists, seeing a far greater opportunity, took the dominus and created new inventions using the dominus mineral as a base. They made nets and traps to mass-capture Pokémon. Once they had established an army for themselves, they formed an alliance with the Midter Kingdom and convinced them to do battle with the Pokémon of the region. The princess of Midter complied, and the kingdom soon found that, with the colonists' new inventions, they could easily overtake the Iens Kingdom and reclaim their land, as they could now overpower Pokémon and force them to obey. The Midter Kingdom was the first to have Pokémon among all members of its army and even among its general populace.
The Iens Kingdom was easily conquered with the new weapons and Pokémon army. As a reward for the colonists' help, a portion of the Midter Kingdom's land was granted to the colonists, who named the land "Primarrivo". However, the colonists were eager to explore more of Lualdi, and sought to overtake it.
The Midter Kingdom was hesitant to try to conquer other kingdoms; apparently, in the northern parts of the land, there were god-like Pokémon that had formed alliances with the people of the north. After disputes between the Midterrians and the colonists, the colonists went to war with the Midter Kingdom and conquered it for themselves. They disposed of the royal family and marched to the north, to the Baskur Kingdom.
The Baskur Kingdom surrendered nearly instantly to the colonists, seeking an alliance instead. They swore that they would not turn against the colonists as the Midter did, and they supplied the colonists safe passage through the twisted jungles of Baskur. Upon arriving in Salganas Kingdom territory, though, the colonists encountered resistance from the Salganans. Records from these wars indicate that the Salganans had several "Legendary Pokémon" on their side, but nobody is quite sure what Pokémon came to the aid of the Salganans. While these wars waged on, the colonists and the Baskurians marched onward to Rennerland and Mortand.
Rennerland, having a long-standing feud with the Salganas Kingdom, allied with the colonists and helped conquer it. Mortand, however, resisted, and was ultimately destroyed. It is said in older records that, prior to the colonists' arrival, Mortand was a bountiful land, but was desecrated by the wars on its soil.
After the fall of Mortand, the Salganas capital of Ragras was taken and renamed Ragrussi. Even after taking Ragrussi, though, the Pokémon of the area continued to fight against the colonists. With the entire middle-northern section of Lualdi conquered, the colonists and their allies pushed further north into Ceman and Voletion.
In Ceman, the colonists encountered Legendary Pokémon firsthand, most notably their leader, Arceus. These battles primarily took place at the base of a mountain the colonists called Mt. Enettivo. The human residents of Ceman were caught in the crossfire of the war and were ultimately wiped out.
In Voletion, the colonists found surprising resistance to their efforts. The Voletion Kingdom was tenacious and managed to halt their onslaught. The colonists could not fight a war on both fronts, and chose to focus their efforts on the war in Ceman, leaving Voletion alone. By extension, the northernmost, secretive kingdom of Tazas was left alone. After succeeding in the Colonial War and subduing the Legendary Pokémon, the Lualdians established governments in their new territories. Regions were given new names fitting in the Lualdian languages, and the industrious people recovered from the losses incurred in the war. The day that the Legendary Pokémon were officially defeated, August 15th in the year 1850, is called the Day of Invincibility and is celebrated as a holiday.
Though technically following the Colonial War, this era is referred to as "antebellum" due to preceding an even larger war that lasted for years. It was little secret that the Lualdians sought to own the entire island, not wanting to be stopped at Voletion and Tazas. According to records from the Voletion Kingdom in 1900, Voletion had sent ambassadors to Tazas in hopes of forming an alliance. Despite the Lualdians never reaching Tazas, the Voleti ambassadors found nothing in Tazas. There weren't even any ruins left behind to ever indicate people had ever lived in Tazas. The entire nation was simply gone, as if it had never existed.
The Great WarEdit
Spanning the years of 1915 through 1954, the decades-long Great War began on September 9th when Voletion invaded Pioveri. To better combat the Voleti threat, Lualdi selected eight talented Pokémon trainers from each province to lead the troops. These trainers were called the Lualdi Eight, and they each had mastery over a different Pokémon type. Seven of them survived to see the end of the war; the eighth was Primarrivo's member of the Lualdi Eight, Isabella Valuchi, who was killed in a Voletion raid towards the start of the war.
As the war went on and Lualdi's victory seemed increasingly inevitable, Voletion's last queen, Inadieth Delaor, eventually took to the field of battle herself for one last stand. She was quickly killed, and Voletion officially surrendered the day after. Voletion, and also the empty land of Tazas, were made into Lualdian provinces. The day of Voletion's surrender, April 20th, 1954, is called Lualdi Unification Day.
Thirteen years after the Great War ended, the Lualdi Pokémon League was officially formed to better rule the nation and to also commemorate the Lualdi Eight. A Gym was built in the home provinces of each member of the Lualdi Eight. The Gym Leader of each province is essentially a stand-in for the member of the Lualdi Eight their Gym is dedicated to, using the same Pokémon types as their Lualdi Eight champion. However, because Isabella Valuchi was slain in battle, no Gym is constructed in Primarrivo. Rather, Valuchi's Gym was built in Voluzione, what used to be the Voletion Kingdom, and the Gym Leader there does not "represent" Valuchi. Instead, they represent Voletion's defeat at the hands of Lualdi and the disgraceful way they slew Valuchi to begin with.
In 1970, to consolidate power to the Lualdi Pokémon League, the four best Gym Leaders were selected as representatives of the League's interests, and new Gym Leaders replaced them. Called the Lualdi Elite Four, these four became the face of the Lualdi government, and their celebrity status was used to improve inter-province relations across Lualdi.
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