An Observance by a Dwarven Scholar, Published Anonymously
Since the fall of various warnations, such as Norland, Kaz’Ulrah, and Krugmar, the world has given way to a new order dominated by the Empire of Man. This hegemony of humankind has undoubtedly ushered in an era of peace and prosperity amongst civilized nations. In the past, great wars and hostility have accompanied the rise of Orenian empires, with many coalitions and alliances forming and un-forming to destroy them as they tried to exert their conquests on non-human races. However, with the rise of the most recent incarnation of a united humanity, no such war has occurred and no nation’s sovereignty has been threatened.
Before the rise of the Empire as we know it today, the world’s great powers were villainous kingdoms and bandit lords. Under the powers of Kaz’Ulrah, Norland, Krugmar, and lesser yet still significant bandit guilds, no peaceable nation was safe from attack. Raids and slaughter occurred frequently, Sutica, Holm, the disunified realms of Man, and Elven nations, none were safe from the wicked rule of the antagonistic factions occupying the highest seats of power, and survival was never a certainty. Yet, with the rise of the Empire, these evil nations have been wiped out and peace has reigned for some decades now. It seems as though the taint has been removed from society and civil nations can now live in peace.
Currently the world’s great powers include the Dwarven nation of Urguan, the trade nation of Sutica, and several Elven nations and splinters, but all are insignificant when compared to the massive power of the Empire. Given this dynamic, it could be assumed that the Empire would flex its strength and attempt to bully it’s neighbors as previous incarnations have done in the past, but this is not the case. Instead, the Empire sits comfortably in it’s position of prominence, rarely exercising it’s force against other sovereign nations and instead has made peace and non aggression pacts with the other nations of the realm. This has created an atmosphere in which the other nations of lesser power do not make war nor antagonize each other out of a desire not to disturb the Empire and stir it into action against themselves. This has created the peace, and maintains it, as if not for the stabilizing presence of such a superpower the world would likely be thrown into chaos and war, as has been the case in the past.
I, and I’m sure many others, are of the opinion that this peace is precious and should be made to last. The integrity of the Empire must not be challenged. One only needs to observe recent events, such as with the strife that was occurring in Adria to see how a weak Empire threatens the stability of the whole world. All nations were fearful that if the Empire broke into civil war that the peace would be lost and bandits and warnations would once again be able to wreak havoc on the land. I urge all who read this to uphold the peace and to support the hegemony of mankind. So long as mankind remains strong, the rest of the world can prosper.