Today, we’re talking about the Story of Nordica. There is little I’m going to reveal here since you will catch plenty of information in Wind Wielder and in Wind Master. For an early history of Nordica, however, you can check out the Story Behind the Tamurian Empire, which provides some interesting albeit vague tidbits toward the end of the post.
Today’s post, then, will focus on how Nordica split into two regions – South Nordica and Nordica. South Nordica, when the events of Wind Wielder begin, is a colony of Tamuria. Some call them the South Nordican Colony, and others refer to them as the South Nordican Colonies, depending on whether they’re referring to the counties as one collective colony or individual colonies.
In the interest of what the books will reveal about Nordica’s history, today’s story will be brief. But it will give you a solid background on the Ten-Year War without giving away spoilers. One that gained sovereignty, and the other that did not.
The Iberian-Native Nordican War
Iberia, a sneaky, secretive empire that has been the strongest in the World of Eidolon next to Tamuria, sent spies into what would become the South Nordican Colonies to recruit Native Nordicans to a cause – to end Tamurian influence in Nordica and by extension, return much of the land stolen from the Native Nordicans over the past five centuries.
Native Nordican tribes all over the colony agreed and took up arms against Tamuria. And within weeks, they launched a surprise attack and both Tamuria and its Nordican colonists slash allies found themselves in a heated war that would last seven years.
Despite the two superpowers constantly going at it, the Tamurians prevailed over their hated Iberian enemies. And by extension, the Nordicans also won the war.
Tamurian Abuses of Power
The war drained both Tamuria and its Nordican Colonies financially. So much, the Tamurians, to pay off debts, raised taxes substantially in every facet – property taxes, personal property, you name it. Naturally, this angered the Nordicans, and two men – Amir Saud and Colin Eriksson sought to create change. Especially since Tamuria seized new land ceded by the Native Nordicans and nationalized its resources.
This act, which Tamuria initially stated they would leave to Nordican hands, served as the final straw for Saud, Eriksson, and the Nordicans. A sense of national identity took form and protests erupted in many Nordican cities both north and south of the Lapland Mountains, mainly from the second-class elementals, a group of people both Saud and Eriksson identified with.
But because of their prominence in Tamurian ranks before and during the Iberian-Native Nordican War, they held elite status in the eyes of Tamuria, just like any elemental with strong ties to Tamuria’s government. At least at the time.
Now, as you will discover in Wind Wielder and as you probably saw in Chronicles of the Elementals, Tamuria has a lot of Loyalists. Pre-dominantly those without elemental ability. And the same occurred in the events preceding the Ten-Year War. Tamurian Loyalists and its military still stationed in Nordica clashed with the protestors, which set the stage for the Ten-Year War.
Obviously, Tamurian King Magnu further sought, and never missed an opportunity to, demonize elementals in Nordica. Since the Nordican Colonies originally acted as a safe haven for elementals following the mass exodus from Tamuria that started centuries before Tamuria gained control, they had a much higher concentration of elementals than what made Tamuria comfortable.
Therefore, Tamuria evoked further restrictions on elemental rights, granting elementals far more rights and privileges than they were used to IF they joined the Tamurian Military, or worked in the government in any way, shape, or form. This gave elementals a special ability to practice and become efficient in their respective elements. Which was really an ulterior motive for Tamuria to grow in power.
And it wasn’t long after did Tamuria begin to crack down on its colonies’ elementals more than ever before. Now, elementals were barred from practicing their ability even on their own private property. These restrictions would become precursors to the Mutant Safety Act – remember, although I’m using the elementals term here, Tamuria, and most of the world refer to them as mutants.
The Ten-Year War
To make a long story short, dissenting elementals either ignored, protested, or even grew violent against Tamuria, given the continued profiling and abuses Tamuria held against them. And after so many fights had broken out, along with the clear ignoring of the crackdowns and restrictions on elementals, King Magnu poured more soldiers into the colonies to further deter things.
The final straw in the events leading to the Ten-Year War came when a group of elemental dissenters led an attempted overthrow of the Tamurian-appointed Supreme Leadership in New Nordican City (NNC), the capital of Nordica. This overthrow, unaffiliated with either Eriksson or Saud, saw the Tamurians attempt occupation and martial law on the entire Nordican Colony, from as far north as Oslo’s Port, to as far south as the Tejanan border in the southwest desert lands.
Skirmishes between the elementals and Tamurian forces occurred, which led to a secret meeting between Eriksson, Saud – plus his daughters whose names I will withhold to prevent spoilers, and other prominent dissenters.
Eriksson opened secret training camps across the Fourteen Cities plus Oslo’s Port within the bowels of each city’s major universities which in time would become the University of Nordica System headquartered in Oslo’s Port, home to both Eriksson, his son Col, and his grandson, Cor.
Nordican dissenters stormed back into NNC and a violent battle erupted, forcing the Tamurians out and appointing Amir Saud as their Supreme Leader, which Colin coined a new name – Sovereign Ruler. Thus, the Ten-Year War between Nordica and Tamuria commenced.
The Tamurians Take Command
At this point, it was no secret that the U of N System and places north of the Lapland Mountains held a higher-concentrated number of both elementals and dissenters that grew so strong they forced the Tamurians to cede the land to Nordica. At least for the time being. Despite this, however, Tamuria would NOT recognize Nordica as a free nation.
They did, however, rename the land south of the Laplands South Nordica, although Nordica continued to refer to the land as Nordica, claiming they too were part of the new republic. By this time, the aging Colin Eriksson had died and Col took command. Col’s war strategies proved so effective the Tamurians could not figure him out (you will learn why early in Wind Wielder).
It was also clear that Nordica had gained a huge number of elementals from all over Eidolon, since they had a much higher elemental population than anywhere else. Many had also fled there from Tamurian-controlled South Nordica.
However, the fighting took massive tolls on both sides down in South Nordica as the Ten-Year War showed no signs of slowing down. Given the influx of Nordican soldiers, known collectively as the Firebirds, plus the Northern Alliance that served as the student wing for those simultaneously attending school during the war, the Nordicans threatened to rout the Tamurians.
This would change, however, when a bitter soldier named Tuukka Etienne took charge of the South Nordican Branch of the Tamurian Military. Many questioned Tuukka as Magnu’s choice in private, though they had no choice but to support the maneuver in public, and soon, things at least evened out for Tamuria.
Talvi Bombings and Aftermath
Etienne, as his war progressed, became more ruthless. Soon, he was committing what many would refer to as war crimes, raiding homes, cultural locations, and other places held true to the Nordicans if he even suspected dissent. Etienne further cracked down on elementals and went to work drafting a law that would place even more restrictions on the population than ever before, dubbing his creation the Mutant Safety Act.
But before he signed the bill into law, Tuukka wished to leave an atomic-sized mark in South Nordica, which he all but required schools, officials, and anyone venturing into public to refer to the region as. He targeted Talvi, which throughout this entire conflict held a Nordican-sized population of elementals, including many old friends from what he now referred to as a lifetime ago.
Tuukka ordered a nuclear weapon to be manufactured by the strongest elemental scientists and researchers out there. One that would put anything here on Earth to shame. Then, on Samhain (think Halloween), when the physical world’s and spirit world’s veil thinned, Tuukka Etienne, now rechristening himself as Tuukka Worthy, ordered the deadliest strike in the history of Eidolon, with another strike on deck if Eriksson, who had caught up to him, did not surrender.
Worthy forced Eriksson’s surrender as Talvi burned, ruined beyond repair; everything within a twenty-mile radius reduced to rubble where only shells of now-ruined buildings still stood. Magnu’s choice had paid off and for his efforts, he promoted Worthy to Supreme Leader of South Nordica when it became clear Saud also died since Eriksson had no choice but to retreat his Firebirds from NNC and other Nordican strongholds.
Worthy and Magnu wished to track this retreat back across the Laplands, where they would then take back Nordica. However, literally overnight, Eriksson’s troops disappeared so fast one would never even know they’d occupied South Nordican cities.
They ended up north of the Laplands faster than Tuukka or anyone could have ever realized. Knowing it was pointless to even try to take back the Laplands and Nordica itself, Tuukka and Magnu celebrated the fact they at least controlled most of what used to be the Nordican Colonies, as the area south of the Laplands comprised 75 of the 88 counties.
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