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Kingdom of Thebes
|Date founded||October 2003|
|Kings|| HM King Kieran I & I (2003)|
See article for full list
HM King Declan I & II (2011 - 2014)
The Kingdom of Thebes was a subkingdom and client state of the Kingdom of Wilcsland. Conquered by the Kingdom of Atlantis in November 2003, it was fully annexed by Wilcsland on 14 January 2012 upon the founding of the United Kingdom of New Wessex.
Government and politics
Thebes was in turn a subkingdom of the Kingdoms of the Taklamacan, Moylurg, and Wilcsland, meaning that it was simultaneously a sub-division and vassal state. Under Wilcslandian sovereignty, in theory it held complete autonomy under its own King, albeit one appointed by the Wilcslandian monarch - since Thebes was in personal union with Wilcsland (and its respective predecessor states) for the vast majority of its history, this had little practical effect.
Thebes was an absolute monarchy for the entirety of its history, and shared a similar method of regnal numbering to the Midget Masters, adopted during the second reign of Declan I (May - December 2010). Theban monarchs had two regnal numbers, the first corresponding to the name of the monarch, and the second corresponding to the order in which they ruled.
List of monarchs
- HM King Kieran I & I: October 2003 - November 2003
- HM King Declan I & II: November 2003 - 5 March 2010
- HM King Ciaran II & III: 5 March 2010 - 1 May 2010
- HM King Declan I & II: 1 May 2010 - 18 December 2010
- HM King James I & IV: 18 December 2010 - 10 February 2011
- HM King Declan I & II: 10 February 2011 - 31 December 2014
The Kingdom of Thebes (an area of the Forgotten Realms) was founded by King Kieran I in October 2003, soon after the former population of South Bank settled nearby founding the Kingdom of Atlantis under King Declan I. Later that month, a third kingdom was founded, the Kingdom of Saqqara ruled by King John I, as a vassal to Atlantis. Saqqara borders both Atlantis and Thebes. Small conflicts soon started between Thebes and Saqqara. When Declan I heard of this, he deposed the vassal king of Saqqara and personally took over its throne, ruling from there to oversee the situation with Thebes. Thebes started to attack shipments of materials being taken from Saqqara to Atlantis, resulting in Declan I ordering convoys of guards to protect them.
In November, a Theban army invaded Atlantis and marched on the capital, Atlantos, led by Kieran I. The invasion force occupied the capital but were forced out of Atlantis when Declan I launched a successful counterattack. A Theban attack was launched on Saqqara the following day, and a Saqqaran army was raised in an attempt to repel the attack. The day afterwards, the Saqqarans were reinforced by an Atlantean army led by Declan I, and engaged and defeated the Theban army, with the two monarchs personally facing each other during the fighting.
King Kieran I was captured and put on trial a few days later. He was found guilty, and it was decided that he would be stripped of all titles and that Thebes would be taken over by Declan I. Kieran I settled down as a normal citizen working in the lands of Thebes collecting materials and shipping them to Atlantis and Saqqara. The Kingdom of Thebes remained a working area for a few months before Declan I began to use that area as a royal get-away in the warmer months. The area was abandoned in 2005, but its population moved along with the Atlanteans and Saqqarans to the Kingdom of the Taklamacan, where Thebes became a subkingdom of the Taklamacan.
Declan I remained King of Thebes until 5 March 2010, when he appointed his brother Prince Ciaran the new King, to prepare him for one day assuming his own throne. Judging him to be an incompetent ruler, however, Declan I took back the Theban throne on 1 May, only to give it to King James I & IV in December later that year. James I & IV ruled for less than two months, not even as long as Ciaran II & III, before Declan I reassumed the throne on 10 February 2011. On 14 January 2012, Wilcsland became part of the newly established United Kingdom of New Wessex, and Thebes was completely integrated into Wilcsland, its subkingdom status being abolished. However, Declan I retained King of Thebes as a ceremonial title until he was removed from power in Wilcsland by his brother Ptolemy II on 31 December 2014.