The Coronet Treaty was a diplomatic agreement made between the Kingdom of Eirangard, the Empyrean See, and the Isharan Eisharat. Though treated as a formal alliance, the Treaty of the Three Crowns was meant to placate the then King of Eirangard, Edvard the Conqueror, and established the Isharan Eisharat and the Empyrean See as vassal states of the Kingdom of Eirangard. By the early 35th century, the treat has become a growing point of controversy between the three monarchies.
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In the late 2700s, the re-establishment of the interstellar community and the second revolution in MAG Drive technology driven by advances in artificial gravity technology had created a rapidly expanding interstellar stage. Star nations like the Intersystem Alliance and the Coalition of Independent Systems began rapidly expanding and establishing a vast political and economic hold across the galaxy as hundreds of colonies desperate for technology and a greater place on the galactic stage joined the already massive interstellar democracies.
This revolution among the democratic states was viewed by the ruling monarch of Eirangard – Edvard Brandt I – as a direct threat to the monarchy and the Eirangardian way of life. Seeking to expand the reach of his Kingdom in hopes of checking the rapid expansion of the Alliance, Edvard rallied the lords of Eirangard and formed a host that began a campaign across the stars. Through political, diplomatic, or violent means, Edvard’s army cut a swath to the galactic south that expanded the Eirangardian border by nearly four times. Hundreds of worlds bent a knee to the man that would become known as Edvard the Conqueror during a campaign that would become known as the Wrath of the Crown.
Following a hard-fought campaign in the province of Asturias, Edvard – weary of war but determined to solidify Eirangard’s place in the galaxy – turned his attention to the galactic east. There, the two massive monarchies of Ishara and the Empyrean See represented a dangerous prospect for conquest but a huge potential income source for the Kingdom. Edvard, cautious as always, took his time to prepare the battle-worn Eirangardian forces. During this time, the Eirangardian’s were approached by envoys of both Ishara and the Empyrean See. Edvard met with the representatives on a neutral world on the border between Eirangard and Ishara.
THE CORONET MEETINGS
The First Meeting of the Monarchs
In January of 2837, Edvard the Conqueror arrived at the Isharan port city of Kadalin on the planet Aljana. To his surprise, the “envoys” of the Empyrean and Ishran governments were the ruling Candelario – Duke Castillo Renar – and the Eishatan – Sa Kurin. The three monarchs met in the Isharan Imbraturi House, with Sa Kurin serving as a mediator between the more hostile Duke Renar and King Edvard. Over the course of the two-week meetings, a number of resolutions to the impending conflict were considered, including partial integration of the See and the Eisharat into the Eirangardian realm. However, by the end of the first talks, neither side was willing to compromise on the legal and political ramifications of a treaty and the parties departed Aljana with no treaty in hand.
The Invasion of Aljana
Following the January 2837 meeting, Edvard felt that a war with Empyrean See was inevitable; and the Isharans were viewed as a roadblock in his path to the real enemy. Hoping to force an independent capitulation of the Isharan Eisharat, Edvard invaded Aljana in May of 2387 and established an Eirangardian lordship housed in the same Imbraturi House he had been in months earlier. While Ishara made cursory strikes into Aljana, Sa Kurin was convinced peace was still an option. Meanwhile, Duke Ranar was slow to commit Empyrean forces to the defense of their ally, further contributing to the pressures on the Eisharat who was unprepared for a coordinated defense against the Eirangardians. Two months into the siege, Edvard had conquered the five habitable worlds within the Aljana sphere and had begun solidifying his hold over the region.
The Meeting of the Heirs
During this time, Edvard’s son and heir, Kade Brandt, was named Lord of Coronet – the Eirangardian name for the Aljana region. Edvard retired to Eirangard to bolster support for the continuing war as well as begin raising funds and new forces to make a deeper push into Ishara possible. With Edvard in Eirangard, Kade was approached by Kiri, daughter of Sa Kurin. With the collapse of the peace talks and the invasion of Aljana, Sa Kurin had fallen into poor health and Kiri explained there were hard-line elements in the Isharan great houses who were willing to force a more brutal conflict with Eirangard. Hoping to stave off a simultaneous civil war as well as a brutal conflict with the Eirangardians, Kiri offered a private offer from Sa Kurin and Duke Renar – Aljana would be formally transferred to the Kingdom of Eirangard. Furthermore, the Empyrean See and the Isharan Eisharat would bend a knee to Edvard, offering monetary tribute to the Eirangardian crown directly in exchange for peace and a promise to respect the borders of the other two monarchies.
Sending word to Edvard, the Eirangardian monarch returned to Coronet to consider Kiri’s proposal. He amended the offer with one change. Kiri would marry Kade to solidify the ties between the Eirangardian monarchy and the Isharan royal families. By guaranteeing Isharan obedience, Edvard ensured access to the Empyrean See to enforce the treaty while establishing a buffer between the Empyreans and the Eirangardian border. Kiri left Coronet as Kiri Brandt and returned to Ishara to confirm the acceptance of the treaty and coordinate the formal agreement.
THE CORONET TREATY
In Fall of 2839, Ka Surin and Duke Ranar had returned to Coronet. A massive fortress – Caer Coron – was still under construction, but Edvard received the two rulers in the main chamber that would oneday hold the Eastern Throne. There, the rulers of the two massive monarchies knelt before the Eirangardian monarch and pledged the fielty and loyalty of the Empyrean See and the Isharan Eisharat to the Winter Throne.
Provision of Fielty
The first provision of the Coronet Treaty requires the Empyrean See and the Isharan Eisharat to pay fielty to the King or Queen of Eirangard. They shall not challenge the Eirangardian borders, and declarations of war with another power require the approval of the Eirangardian monarch. In the event of a conflict, Empyrean and Isharan forces must come to the aide of an Eirangardian ruler who calls for it. Likewise, in the event of a threat of war with another nation, the King of Eirangard shall coordinate the defense of the three monarchies.
Provision of Tribute
In addition to political and mililtary ties between Eirangard and the Empyrean See, the Empyreans and the Isharans also owe tribute to the Eirangardian crown once every orbit of the Eirangardian homeworld of Eiras (approximately 20 standard years). This tribute is in the form of a tithe (10%) of the two nation’s tax revenue for the period of the rotation. This tribute can be paid in processed materials, raw materials, or other items of equal value; and shall be presented to the Eirangardian Monarch at Caer Coron on Coronet. Furthermore, in a time of strife the Eirangardian Monarch can demand specific tributes.
Provision of Autonomy
The final provision of the coronet treaty ensures that the internal, political agendas of the Isharan Eisharat and the Empyrean See are their business. Internal political conflict, laws, economics, and social values are the subject of the independent monarchs. The Eirangardian monarch shall have no direct authority to dictate the internal policies of these monarchies.