Uppheaval

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The Uppheaval occurred in 1663, when several Natopian demesnes, under the control of Thorstein Noah, entered into a state of inactivity as defined in the Caprine Code. The Imperial Chancellery duly initiated protective actions to keep the demesnes from falling into further anarchy. Sudden and unexpected political revolutions took place simultaneously in Uppland and Opaeghia. Uppland was entirely overturned and replaced by the demesne of Massat, while Opaeghia threw off its Vanic culture and its heretofore repressed Christian population took power. The political revolutions in the demesnes were, to the surprise of some, supported by the Emperor, who granted Assent to the new governments of Massat and Opaeghia, effectively removing the House of Ettlingar-Freyu from power and dissolving the Palatine Kingdom of Uppland.

The government of the Palatine Kingdom sued for restoration of its power in Natopia's Supreme Court, but the case has not progressed, being overtaken in any event by revisions to the Caprine Code.

Immediate Effects

Expulsion of Noah Ettlingar-Freyu from the House of Waffel-Paine

Removal of Flaventian titles from Noah and Harald

Reformation of Natopia's supreme court and restoration of judicial powers to the Emperor

The Dozan Bovic Church's repudiation of the Concordat of Old Henningsvær in 1665.

Causes

1651: Auspicious Occasion

1657: Bovic disapproval of Upplandish prima noctis laws

1660: Frenzy repudiates and removes Concordat of Þårvik from the Caprine Code, ending the relationship between the Natopian state and the church of the Storish Ancient Ways.

Other Effects

in 1669 Clara Sundara campaigned on keeping the West Tapfer Federation free of Vanic-corruption during her successful bid for the chancellorship. She was fostered in Stormark until she was 6 and vowed to never let the Vanic culture follow her to her Natopian homeland.

She created the West Tapfer Initiative in 1671, an eight-point plan for re-industrializing the areas that once languished under Vanic corruption, integrating them into the Bovic Empire's economy, and making them essential to the Allied Production Matrix. She renamed several cities in West Tapfer and authorized the use of imperial funds for the construction of iron mines within Mount Dracon, upgrading the port of Vastra (formerly Nadens Havn), increasing lumber harvesting, refitted the West Bay Shipyards, the largest on Micras. The Initiative has proven successful in keeping the Federation active despite very little support from the governments of Opaeghia and Massat.

Investigations

An internal review, ordered by the Ministry of Information to determine the objective benefits of the Initiative and quality of life of residents before and after the Uppheaval, has found that residents of the two demesnes self-reported a greater feeling of personal autonomy, freedom of movement, optimism and more likely to identify as Natopian. The removal of so-called "Vanic sexual rites" coincided with a drop in the reporting of sexual assaults and rapes. Workplace sexual harassment claims also dropped around the same time as the Uppheaval. The review concluded that the average resident of the Federation had a better quality of life than a resident of the Palatine Kingdom.

The investigation also found that, of the Vanic and Storish population that remained in the Federation after the Uppheaval, those people were more likely to be recruited into hard labor, either in the new Mount Dracon mines, at the port of Vastra, the lumber industry, and at West Bay. Most of those recruited to work in port of Vastra and West Bay eventually escaped, migrated, or got promoted to better positions after pledging to forever denounce the Vanic ways. The records of those that were relocated to the mines and lumberyards were lost in a series of fires, each occurring on the same day, that local authorities determined to be caused by embers from a campground.

When asked about the potentially large loss of life and unaccounted for laborers, the then-Chancellor Clara Sundara issued a short, uncharacteristically blunt response: "The miners and loggers spent their final days the same way vulnerable persons spend their entire lives living under the oppressive and backwards Vanic rites: fearful, afraid, powerless, taken advantage of, exploited, and trafficked against their will."