Kampania Voivodeship (Valruzian: Województwo Kampanii) is one of five voivodeships in the Republic of Valruzia, created in April 4245 on the grounds Administrative Reform. It occupies 222.900 square kilometers of north-west Valruzia, and has approximately 20 million inhabitants, making it the second most densiest populated voivodeship with 89 people per square kilometer. Its principle cities are: Szary Kamień which is also the vovodeship capital, Baltuniwice and Sztolniaty.
Thanks to its geography, Kampania Voivodeship has advanced and well developed shipbuilding industry. The Bay of Czechot (Valruzian: Zatoka Czechocka) is the biggest natural port in Valruzia and is home to many shipyards. It is home to Valruzian Maritime University and is center of science, research and development of maritime infrastructure.
It is popular destination of holidaymakers due to the high forestation which is highest in the country. Almost 60% of the voivodeship is covered with forests. It is home to Kampania National Park which is a designated biosphere reserve.
Recently a small oil deposits were discovered in eastern part of the voivodeship which are on a limited scale exploated by Valruzian Petrochemical Concern (Valruzian: Walruzyjski Koncern Naftowy, WKN)
A small mountain range runs along the coast, through the center, and into northern Arglon, behind which is an area of charparral, known inaccurately as the "Zuman Desert," occupying the center of the province. A large river runs through the north, the coast is the longest and most indented in Valruzia.
The Volon (ancestors of today's Valonians), a Ruzian tribe, originated in northern Arglon, and gradually moved north, occupying the southern third of Bandorra by the mid 3rd century C.E., about the same time as the Zumans were were consolidating themselves into a proto-state around Nuzria.
Expansion and UnificationEdit
By the 5th century C.E. the Valonians began to expand, more than doubling their territory to cover most of Arglon. He then determined to cement his conquests, and engaged the three remaining clans: the Blue, the White, and the Cacti (green-gray). By around 580, his son and sucessor had defeated all but the White Volon, who continued to resist on the periphery.
The Zuman ConquestEdit
The White Volon were unable to resist the combined forced of the six other tribes, and finally around 670 C.E. entered the Zuman lands where they sought the protection of Nuzria. The Zumans gave the Whites permission to settle in the southern edge of their domain, where they adopted a semi-pastoral lifestyle. The White Volon gradually assimilated into Zuman culture, and eventually forgot their Volon heritage.
Around 800 C.E. several septs from various clans, disaffected with the power of the Great Aranh, appealed to the Zumans for aid in overhtrowing him. The Zumans had long been uncomfortable with the Volon, and although in several wars they had driven the Volon back significantly, the Arnanh still posed a threat to Zuman settlements in Svulia.
Nuzria agreed, and in 812 a combined force of Zumans, White Volon (now known as the White or Marchland Zumans), and dissidents overthrew the Aranh and seized control of his empire. To pacify the area, the Zumans detached the region of Zidqan fronm Svulia, and attatched a large portion of the Aranh's former land to it. The fortress of Zidorkryu was established, and grants were given to encourage Zuman settlers to inhabit the land. A similar strategy was employed in the creation of the province of Súdqan.
The Volon lands were partitioned between these two new provinces and the Tirkazidor Aranjat (the vassal state of the Marchland Zumans) and the Zumans retained hegomony over all Bandorra until the 15th century.
The War of IndependenceEdit
For over six centuries the Volon were occupied by Zuma, but mostly maintained their culture lan language.
During the occupation, the Volon came to be known as the Vurlun, but remained mostly backwards as farmers, hearders, and fisherfolk; indeed they were generally more backwards than the Zuman occupiers, often working as labors on Zuman estates.
In 1411, this all changed. A group of explorers appeared in Súdqan, recently coming from the Tirkazidor Aranjat. These people spoke a language similar to that of the Vurlun, but one which the Vurlunese had trouble distinguishing words, so thick was the accent and so strange the grammar. The party came from Dugathan, well to the southeast, and claimed to be descendents of the long vanished Grey Valon clan.
The news spread, and ignited a fiery thirst for independence in the hearts of those who learned the fortunes of their kinsmen. Resentment at the Zumans for keeping the Vurlunese backwards grew, and anger began to simmer.
In 1414, armed with naught but their tools of the trade, the Vurlunians rebelled, driving the Zuman forces out of Súdqan, taking the southern portion of Zidqan, and attacking Tirkazidor. The Aran called on the Zumans to help him, and the Zumans, uncomfortable with the insurrection themselves, brought their army to bear on the Vurlunese. By 1416 the Zumans had reclaimed most of the land lost.
One rebel leader known as Bandor (peasants had only first names) began to organize what remained of the rebels. He got aid from the Arglonese as merchants and tradesmen brought their wares and crafts to statelet, and idealists and soldiers of all sorts came across Arglon from Dugathan. Within the span of four years, Bandor had re-established independent control over Súdqan, and his guerillas and sabateurs unstablized much of the surrounding territory.
In 1423, a combined Dugathan and a Arglonese force entered the state, and marched north into Zidqan. Vurlunese in the province flocked to their flag, and Bandor joined in to keep his allies from claiming credit. The fighting was incresingly difficult as the Zumans feared that they might lose the district, but the force finally reached and surrounded the great fortress town of Zidorkryu. After a seige of two months, the settlement fell and the forces were free to turn inland.
Peace Settlement and IndependenceEdit
The Arglonese, as it had turned out, had sent a second force to Tirkazidor, where they desposed the Aran and installed a vassal of their own. This was to provide an interesting turn in the peace settlements. The Zumans agreed to cede Sudqal and the the southern third of Zerantalia to the allies, but made no specific cession to Vurlunia. Tirkazidor they specifically ceded to the Arglonese.
The Arglonese force was almost equal in size to the combined forced of Dugathan, Bandor, and the irregulars who had joined the seige of Zidorkryu combined and showed no inclination to leave.
Bandor had no desire to go from being a subject of the Zumans to a Vassal of the Arglonese, and entered into secret negotiations with the Dugatines and the Zumans. The Dugatines agreed to keep forces in Vurlunia to protect it from the Arglonese, and the Zumans, who did not desire a large and powerful Arglon on their border agreed to permit the Dugatine forces passage back and forth across Zuma, and secretly to side with Vurlunia should Arglon attack it.
As a condition for withdrawing, the Arglonese monarch demanded payment in land for the help which he had given unasked for to Vurlunia. The Dugatines did not desire a war with Arglon over the matter, and Bandor was forced to cede almost 2/5 of his territory to Arglon.
In 1440 Bandor died, expressing outrage to the last over the treachery of Arglon which had not only kept him from assuming control over Tirkazidor, but had robbed from him territory that he felt had rightfully won.
Greater Volonia and ValruziaEdit
After the death of Bandor, his successor sought a tighter bond with Dugathan, lest the Arglonese attempt to turn him into a vassal. In 1443, the two kingodoms signed an act of Union, in emulation of the Ruzian Union between Hulbark and Arglon 11 years earlier. The kings assumed (in theory) joint supremacy over the foriegn policy of a Union of Greater Volonia, with each king ruling his own kingdom domestically. Bandor's successor renamed his kingdom Bandora in his honor.
In 1456, both to alleviate the tensions that were growing between Arglon and Valonia, and to protect against the militaristic Zumans, the four kings in Ruzia and Valonia signed a treaty in the Zuman-era village of Quinterra, a town near the Arglon border. The treaty of Quinterra united the four kingdoms into the Valruzian Federation. The Ruzians insisted that the fourth king of Bandorra become the first Valruzian emperor and assume command over the federation's foreign policy.
Nevertheless, interchange continued between Dugathan and Bandorra, which it remained closer to than to its neigbor Arglon. As a result, attempts were made at resurrecting classical Valonian, which would later become the official dialect of Valruzian.
When the Ruzian Civil War of 1624 broke out Bandorra sided with the Monarchists who retreated to Bandorra and Dugathan and used them as a base to regain their thrones.
In 1911, the Bandorrans at last had the chance to revenge themselves on Zuma. Civil War broke out in that nation, and the Bandorran emperor seized the oppurtunity to invade. The Valruzians seized Zuma and Bandorra annexed that nation's western three provinces massacred as many as a quarter million Zumans, and drove perhaps several times that number again out of Zerantalia, Mowqan, and Svulia. The great fortress of Zidorkryu was captured and the Bandorran king moved his capital there, renameing the town Zerantalia.
North Bandorra took the modern Bandorrans generations to colonize, and the "Valonianization" of the province is still taking place today. Nevertheless, the tiny kingdom was greatly expanded, and with his nefound gains the Emperor began to assert his control over the other provinces.
This led to instability in Valruzia, ultimately culminating in the Civil War of 2028, and resulting in the victory for the republicans and the overthrow of the emperor 9 years later.
The Bandorrans are today the most modern and cosmopolitan of Valruzians, in large part because their traditional culture was supressed under the Zumans, and their modern culture is a blend from all parts of the Federation.
The Bandorrans are a diverse lot, although many Valonian Bandorrans still wear their traditional clan color.
The Bandorrans, like the Dugatines, consider themselves to be Valonian, regardless of the wide dialectic differences that seperate them.
Becuase Bandorra is so diverse, historically Bandorra has tended to split their votes rather than heavily favoring any one party.