The Kingdom of Prussien (official name: Königreich Prussien), located in central/eastern Esradon, is a country whose territory is mainly split into two parts, the Kings March (Königsmark) and the namesake Prussien.
Prussien is inhabited by around 10 million citizens and spans an area of around 70,000 km², being one of the smaller states of Esradon. Prussien is an absolute monarchy with its capital in Lesnitz, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban centres include Königsbrück and Dasnitz.
Prussiens history began in the medieval era, when the reikish settlers extended eastwards. Since then it has made enourmous progress in terms of economical development and nowadays maintains one of the strongest armies in Esradon, this status granted by superior training and discipline. Rivalling neighbours are Poliska to the east and Osterlitz to the south.
Early Middle Ages (5th century - 10th century)
Prussia is a two-part construct, united by numerous inheritances, claims and branched possessions. The former core property of the Prussian ruling line Aldernburg extended to the so-called Königsmark, in which is also the eponymous Aldernburg, a heavily fortified castle, which is first mentioned in 832 by chroniclers, a time in which the Reikish tribes, especially the Lesten, in their great eastward expansion conquered, subjugated and converted the resident Sujowar tribes to the Cadrielistic faith. At that time the Königsmark was often also called Nordmark, similar to that according to other border counties of the Reik (see Ostmark → Osterlitz). In the year 929 the Lesten conquered the Aldernburg and settled there. Over the years, their rulers more and more frequently chose the addition "von der Aldernburg", until it finally became used to and is used ever since. While the Sujowars had to wrestle every meter of land with fierce battles, Margrave Heinrich in 936 ordered his follower Theobert to administer the March, while he himself helped his allies in the Great West Reikish War (935-942). Theobert reorganized some parts of the count's administration and thus made the Nordmark the primary North-Reikish power. Over the years, a struggle for influence in the Reik developed, especially with Osterlitz as its greatest opponent.
Late Middle Ages (10th century - 15th century)
The Nordmark also bordered to the south on Česky-Mirava, the only kingdom in the Reik. Here, too, aggression often took the form of petty wars, which particularly affected the border regions of both territories, but did not actually lead to victories. This was mainly due to the situation on the periphery, as the kingdom often had to engage in southern or eastern conflicts. Over the centuries, the Nordmark expanded slowly but steadily to the coast of the Eastern Sea and began to build up a small fleet to better counter possible maritime attacks of the Frennmærkians. In 1232 it was agreed with the newly formed Empire de Castaire on a marital connection, so that crown prince Cesaire married Princess Sophia of Aldernburg. They became the new imperial couple in 1234, following early death of Cesaire I. With this first wedding, a tradition of friendship between the two countries began, which continues to this day and is now supplemented by military alliance agreements. So was the Empress mother Louise a daughter of the house Aldernburg.
Early Modern Period (15th century - present)
The greatest success of the Nordmark and at the same time the springboard into the high ranks of the great powers began in 1602, when the former Duchy of Prussia was without a legitimate heir following the death of the last duke, a brother of the Marchian line of Aldernburg. Due to the close family relations, the territory east of the Reik fell to Friedrich IV, who was thus margrave of the Nordmark and Duke of Prussien. These two core territories, which were still separated by the Kingdom of Poliska, developed a momentum of its own that was unpredictable. Finally, with enough resources to set up a powerful army, the 17th and early 18th centuries became the heyday of the Prussien military. The discipline and the drill of the armies were considered the best and most effective of their time, unsurpassed even by the half-hegemonic Empire de Castaire. Accordingly, the Prussien dukes sought an increase in both their prestige and their territories and waged numerous wars against the surrounding principalities, thus increasing their possessions on the coast of the Eastern Sea. The elevation to the rank of Kingdom took place after long negotiations with Osterlitz (who are considered the formal head of the Reik and represented it externally) in 1689, with the ascension of Friedrich VI. to King Friedrich I of Prussia. In the course of this, the numerous ducal institutions were renamed Royal Prussien, including the Nordmark to Königsmark, to underline that the primary part, although not eponymous, was in the old Nordmark.
In 1752, Friedrich Heinrich II conquered the northern Poliskan territories around the large trading city Dasnk (reikish Dasnitz), forming a land connection of the Prussian possessions. Over the next thirty years, the once powerful Poliska gradually disappeared and was divided between Prussia, Rothenia, Osterlitz, Česky-Mirava and Laurenthenia.