The Vakkusta Empire was a briefly powerful theocratic state in central Aels, the first Kanov empire in Aels, that was committed to the spread of the Kanov originated religion of "Vakkism". It had a major influence on politics and religion for some decades, and continued on as a religious influence for well over two centuries after that.
Vakkism, the Cult of the Cow, is a Kanov derived religion. While the Kanov had many animist religions and refined many into polytheistic systems, Vakkism is the only monotheistic religion that was created by kanovs, and was also aggressively proselytized, and even became the basis for a theocratic state for a time. Had things occurred differently, the Kanov might have become unified in Aels and have become a dominant power there.
The First Vakkusta Empire Edit
The Vakkism originated around the 1.200 a.a.H (After the Apparition of Humanity), when the Vakkist prophet was born. The prophet began to predicate at age 17, at the 1.217 a.a.H., and only 3 years later, the religion extended in the steppes of central Aels.
While he was killed by an angry multitude of pagan barbarians he hoped to convert, only at 35 years old, his successors formed in the 1.238 a.a.H., there was already founded a Vakkusta Empire, that will extend, by preaching and by sword, for the next years, reaching the maximal extension of this empire at the 1290 a.a.H.
Decline and Fall of the Vakkusta Empire Edit
This is the first Kanov empire of Aels, but soon, at the 1.297 a.a.H. Barbarians of the Prairies attack the Vakkusta Empire from the east, while the Dumians from the Dumian Empire did likewise from the west and south.
Military Decline Edit
The Vakkusta Empire resisted still for some decades, but by the year 1.337 a.a.H. began the slow decadence of the Vakkusta Empire. At first, it was a military decadence, and the loss of several battles and territories, but for long the religion of Vakkism, core of the empire, resisted, and even lived some moments of further religious expansion (but not political one).
Controlling some trade routes of the plains, they did as well regain (or keep) an economic relevance.
Competition with Christianity Edit
However, the following century, the human Christianity began to weaken the religious core of the empire, which will be a hit from which the empire wouldn't recover.
The Coming of the Dark Legion of Demons Edit
The final blow will come from the Dark Legion of Demons: at the 1.510 a.a.H, the demons, allied with humans, other Kanovs and other species, the Daimons attacked the Vakkusta Empire, which will fall at the 1.530 a.a.H, after nearly 300 years of existence.
In a first moment, the Northern Dumian Empire celebrated the fall of one of their constant enemies. But with their fall, soon would come after them a worse danger: the barbarians, monsters and demons began attacking, from the lands of the disappeared empire, only 10 years after its fall.
Vakkusta Kingdoms of the Andaï Edit
By the 1650s, while the Vakkism was persecuted and banned by the Demon Cults that most of the Kanovs of the Barlans followed, the Vakkism subsisted as religion, as their main opponent -Dumian Christianism- had fallen in its own, and the nomadic Kanovs of the Barlans failed to enforce their religious policies.
By the 1820s, some of the city-states and petty kingdoms of the Andaï around the lake Andas will become openly Vakkist, and while they claimed themselves to be successors of the Vakkusta Empire, none of them grew beyond the Andas region, neither had their claim recognized.
However, this resurgence of Vakkism will go beyond the Andas, to the west of the Barlans, and some of the western realms of the Kanov -as Barcan and Nepper- will have -in a temporary way, at least- Vakkist leaders by the 2000s.
These Vakkusta realms will be crushed by the Barlans Kanov allies of the Confederation of Free Peoples in the 2100s, as demons linked Vakkism to Christianism -and opposition to their rule-, securing the Barlans for the Confederation before the First War of the Power. The Andaï Vakkist kanovs will be enslaved.
The Vakkusta Kingdom of Andas Edit
After the First War of the Power, with the defeat of the Confederation of the Free Peoples -and the allied armies of the Kanovs of the Barlans-, the Vakkist enslaved population and cities of the Andas will revolt by the 2215-2225, regaining their independence under the leadership of a self-claimed High Priest of the Vakkism -and claimed by his followers to be a second coming of the Vakkist Prophet, being called the Steer-.
The Steer revolt, successful, formed a new Vakkist state, the Kingdom of Andas -however, fanatic followers of the Steer will claim it to be a Second Vakkusta Empire.
The Steer tried to mend ways with humans, and enter into an alliance with Humans and elves against the Demon-worshipper kanovs of the Barlans, that menaced their realms, but such approaches will be refused. The Kingdom of Andas, the second Vakkusta Empire, was to stand alone against their enemies.
In this third resurgence of the Vakkism -after the spiritual crisis that meant the defeat of the Demon Lords-, large groups of Kanovs of the Barlans returned to Vakkism, especially along the sedentary populations of the Barlans river.
However, after the Steer died and his successors claimed the Second Vakkusta Empire, the newly converted Vakkists didn't recognize the Empire, forming instead their own realms -such as the Reveri and the Riveros-.
This new expansion of the Vakkism will lead to religious wars and conflict -and raids from eastern nomadic kingdoms who remained true to the demon cults-, which will force important migrations -and waves of invasions- within the Barlans and to neighboring regions.
Facing large raids by the peoples of the steppes, with the return of the demons and the beginning of the Second War of the Power, the isolated Vakkists of Andas, without allies, wanted to keep their independence, and would enter into the Kanov Confederation -part of the Confederation of Free Peoples-, in an uneasy alliance that guaranteed their survival and respect of Vakkism.