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The History of Sainte-Bourgogne ( NationStates )

  • Period: 372 to 375

    Gudhéric converts to Christianity

  • 376

    The Great Pilgrimage

    In the year 376 of our era, Gudhéric and a group of Pilgrims flee the persecutions of the Burgundiis.
  • 376

    The Pilgrims arrive at Lake Aurrois

    " Sælavatn " is the name Gudhéric and his fellow pilgrims gave to the actual Lake Aurrois, the heart of Sainte Bourgogne's History and founding.
  • 448

    Death of Gudhéric

    Gudhéric is believed to have died sometime between 445 and 450 of our era according to the Tales of the Burganions by Françoys de Talan. Today's historians believe Gudhéric likely died in April 448.
  • May 20, 623

    Folki Bedivere is proclaimed King

    The mighty Burganion warrior, Folki Bedivere is proclaimed King by a congregation of Burganion warriors thus united for the first time the Burganion villages.
  • Aug 23, 632

    Birth of Françoys de Talan

    De Talan, one of Sainte Bourgogne's early historians is considered a primary source of the Kingdom's history.
  • Jan 1, 641

    Possible death of Folki Bedivere

    The estimated passing of Folki Bedivere. At his death, the Burganion gathered around a new chosen monarch, Edger.
  • Period: Jan 1, 700 to Jan 1, 952

    The Black Age

    Very little is known concerning these centuries, mostly guesses except for the major events.
  • Jan 1, 701

    Fouding of St-Bégnine

    Archeologists and historians can trace back the founding of Sainte Bourgogne's actual capital in 7701. The village was at the time known as Wouterhem. It quickly grew but it was a millennium away from becoming St-Bégnine.
  • Feb 27, 712

    The Scourge of God

    This day marked the memories for generations and many thought the year 712 to be the year of the apocalypse when a gigantic asteroids crashed in The Kingdom of the Burganions. It is believed to have killed a third of the population ( at the time estimated to 500,000 people ) and damaged both the Kingdom and some of its neighbours.
  • Nov 16, 751

    The Valoegians

    The Valoegians
    The first ruling dynasty of Sainte Bourgogne was created in 751 when Valoé, then chosen leader of the Burganions, decided that his son Hector, was to rule after him. He had to force the noble to agree with it but was murdered in 757 in his sleep. Only the loyalty of some nobles and warriors kept Hector alive from assassination attemps and coups.
  • Feb 9, 771

    Saint Eudes

    Saint Eudes
    The first Burgundian martyr. Born Eudes de Rouvoel, he was a bishop captured during a raid from foreign barbarians. It is said they used Eudes as a " plaything " for over a year, using him for their violent amusement until he succumbed.
  • May 22, 803

    The Burganion - Thermopolian War

    During a joust organized by the Burganion kings, a Thermopolian warrior accidently ( or not ) killed a Burganion noble. This event led to a war, or a quasi war. The two nations being too far from each other, no armies were sent and no battle were thought. However, the various leaders of the two sides engaged themselves in an previously unseen war of words, sending each others tracts of insults for example. Would it not have such a long time ago, it could be seen as the strangest war ever.
  • Jul 5, 803

    First Black Death Pandemy

    The year 803 was marked by the first large pandemy of the Black Death. It heavily weaked the Kingdom from an technological and democraphic point of view. Unknown number of people died but the chronics of the time reflect well the size of this catastrophe.
  • Sep 15, 868

    The First of the Great Companies Raids

    The Great Companies, a gathering of several mercenary companies started pillaging and looting Burganion lands in 868. Unable to stop them, King Robertus agreed to their demands and gave them lands, which became the Duchy of Auxois until it was retake a 100 years later.
  • Aug 17, 901

    Revolts, Uprisings and Chaos

    With the death of King Hector III, heirless, a group of great Burganion nobles organized a coup and seized the power. They claimed to rule as the regents of the ( imaginary ) infant son of Hector III, Hector IV. for over a decade. Unable to work as a single entity, the " regents " plundged the Kingdom in endless revolts ( from peasants and nobles ), backstabbed each other and ruined their nation. It lasted for 14 years, until in 916 when Robert de Bourgogne rose ...
  • Mar 22, 915

    The De Bourgogne Dynasty

    The De Bourgogne Dynasty
    Robert de Bourgogne, a knight, gathered a small group of men ( nobles, knights and glory seekers ) and decided to put an end to the false interregnum which had already ruined the nation. After a quick and non-violent coup d'état, Robert and his followers cleaned the royal castle and institutions of the usupers, revealing to the ( barely ) ignorant nobles and population the superchery.For only guessed reasons, he took the power and was crowned King,establishing the dynasty that still rules today.
  • Jul 24, 916

    Robert de Bourgogne is crowned

    Robert de Bourgogne is officially crowned at the cathedral St-Robert in St-Bégnine. From this day until today, every King of Sainte Bourgone were crowned in this cathedral and are buried in the near St-Pierre Basilic. Robert was nicknamed " the Mighty " and established a new era for the Kingdom.
  • Jan 2, 952

    The end of the Black Ages

    The year 952 was a turning point in Sainte Bourgogne's history. King Carolus I ( Charles ) turned in back on the Roman Catholic Church and Pope after he refused to repudiate the King's eighth wife, Martha " Hunchback " de Veaux. Following this break, King Carolus appointed his trusted friend, Bishop Lucius, as head of a newly created Burgundian Church.
  • Oct 31, 957

    The First Burgundian Pope to be murdered

    The First Burgundian Pope to be murdered
    Lucius I, the First Burgundian Pope is murdered by poison. It is also worth noting that he was the first Burgundian Pope.
  • Aug 12, 998

    King Louis I is crowned

    King Louis I of Burgundy, considered by many to be one of the greatest King ever was crowned this day. Modern and visionary, King Louis I improved the Kingdom's institutions, created several charity works for the poor people, created one of the first ( and still working ) free hospice and hospital, increased the royal power by taking away power from his vassals. His work will severely be damaged twenty years later ...
  • May 21, 1002

    First weapon legislation

    In the year 1002, a Royal edict banned every subject from carrying weapons inside city or town walls except for those who by their trade or position might need to. People were asked to give up their weapons to the Sergent d'Armes while entering the city or town and could have it given back at their departure.
  • Jan 1, 1021

    The Great Collapse

    It is in 1021 that the Burgundian power rose to a new stage. Burgundy was at the time a well established Kingdom, with its own culture, institutions and was a powerful military force. However, in 1021 the Kingdom of Burgundy collapsed in several smaller nations where nobles fought each other and defied the crown to increase their power which had been seriously disminished by King Louis I.
  • May 20, 1021

    The Benusian heresy spread

    More detailed information available in the History and Establishment of the Kingdom of Sainte-Bourgogne factobook.
  • Sep 7, 1021

    The Battle of Montvalmy and death of King Carolus II

    The Battle of Montvalmy and death of King Carolus II
    More information available at the History and Establishment of the Kingdom of Sainte-Bourgogne in my factbook.
  • Jun 1, 1070

    Death of King André

    Death of King André
    After a 49 years long reign, King André the First died peacefully at the royal castle of Bellefontaine. After his pious rule and fight against the Benusian heresy, the " Most Christian Prince " was canozized on the morrow of his passing. Since then, no other monarch has dared to take his name, on the fear to tarnish the name of André. The date of his birth became in 1947 Sainte Bourgogne's national day and Saint-André is the Kingdom's Saint Patron.
  • Jan 1, 1088

    Invention of the Burgundian Stake

    Created by Msgr. Gustave de Rohen, the Burgundian Stake was designed to burn up to seven heretics ( or at least persons condmaned of heresy ) in a previously unseen and " fashion " way. Seven stakes were placed forming the design of St-André's cross. The executioner could light the fire several meters away, hidden, via an underground " lighting " system which would one by one light the fires. This method was very appreciated at the time, however very little " execution places " were created.
  • Apr 8, 1101

    The Burgundian - ? War

    Wars were common these days, against annoying neighbours or disbodient vassals. In May 1101 .... ( Waiting to see who my " map neighbours will be " )
  • Feb 23, 1109

    First Burgundian Darwin Arward

    King Jean II " The Slobberer ", was not a respected monarchy while living and even less hundreds of years after his death. He was however well liked by some of his advisors who enjoyed his lazyness and " unkingly " person. 3 years after his crowning, King Jean II went chasing peasant girls but crashed against a pig while on horseback. He suffered a trauma to the head and died three hours later.
  • Aug 31, 1117

    The Duchy of the Golden Coast brought to the royal demesne

    Through his mother Isabelle de Barois, King Charles IV inherited the long desired Duchy of the Golden Coast which with its fertile hills and plains helped to an agricultural boom.
  • Mar 13, 1136

    Death of Charles IV, his legacy

    Death of Charles IV, his legacy
    At his death, King Charles IV " the Well-Beloved " left a developing Kingdom. During his reign, this benevolent King created a new and modern road system, created towns and eased internal and international trade. He also helped the creation of a better economic system and banks. He reformed the judicial system, offering a better chance for the lowest people to make revendications and protect themselves from the others, nobles included. He was deeply mourned by the population.
  • Jan 1, 1151

    Creation of the Order of Saint-André

    Creation of the Order of Saint-André
    Created in 1151 by King Louis III and his trusted friend and advisor, the Baron Rolandus de Nijk, the Order of Saint-André had for objective to protect the King and the Royal Family. It was composed of seven volunteer knights, generally the recognized best swordsmen of the realm. The knights of St-André serve until death and today still they never stand far from the King, however they have abandonned swords and armour.
  • Nov 30, 1182

    The Dance of the Red and Yellow Crosses

    The Dance of the Red and Yellow Crosses was a civil war waged from 1182 to 1185. Upon the death of King Louis III, his heir, Charles VI saw his claim contested by his younger brother, Tristan de Bourgogne. The name of the Dance of the Red and Yellow Crosses refers to the cross their partisans and loyalits were bearing on the field of battle. Eventually Tristan was killed at the Battle of Gisard in October 1185 and his sons prefered not to carry his legacy and bent their knees to Charles VI.
  • Aug 1, 1201

    Beginning of the construction of Eppes Castle

    Beginning of the construction of Eppes Castle
    The construction of what was going to be one of the biggest Western castle began in August 1201. The owners, Sirs d'Eppes were wealthier than the Kingdom itself and 25 years later, with the first part done, they several times dared to challenge and mock the Burgundian Kings. The castle was destroyed during the Grand War of 1912 and today very little of it remains.
  • Feb 10, 1203

    Birth of Ulysse Montesprit

    " Guillaume de Machaut "Ulysse Montesprit one of the greastest Burgundian composer of the Middle Ages was born this day. However his work was never known during his life.
  • Jun 24, 1219

    Crowning of Louis V " the Blessed "

    Louis V, known as the Blessed was one of the most loved King of all times, at least at the beginning of his reign. Popular amongst the pious peasentry for his religious interests, he however worried his councillors all the time. After ten years of just and quiet rule, he turned mad. History says Louisstarved himself to death by the prolonged fasting to cleanse himself of lust, or he refused to eat because the earth was sinful and the food came from earth.
  • May 13, 1222

    The Knights of the Faith

    The Knights of the Faith, a warrior-monk Order was created in order to keep the faith cleansed of heresy in Burgundy, following a new spreading of the Benusian beliefs under the King of the Pious Louis V. Soon, the Knights of the Faith became so powerful that they were close to be a political entity, very powerful, wealthy and popular amongst the people.
  • Sep 11, 1238

    The Bloody Tourney

    In 1239, taking advantage of Louis V being near death, the lords of Burgundy organized the first tourney in almost 20 years ( Louis V having outlawded them ). The three sons of Louis V participated to the joust, eager to prove themselves to the public but when the lance of youngest son, Octavian, went right though the crowned prince's throat, an incredible swordfight began between the two remaining brothers as well as one of their uncle. Eventually all ended dead after the tourney.
  • Jan 1, 1254

    The Black Death

    The second vague of the deadliest plague known to mankind, and the worst of all. The whole Kingdom was affected, killing thousands in both castles and huts. Several villages completely disappeared from the maps after the plague.
  • Apr 1, 1289

    Revolts of the Dukes

    Duke Horacius de Joie and Duke Guy de Penthevère were both more powerful than the Crown itself during the 1280s and took the opportunity to gain their independance from the King. However the King's allies helped to disminish their power and ambitions but at a heavy cost. Financial ruin was near for the realm that it had to borrow tremendous amount of money from Jewish moneylanders and the wealthy Knights of the Faith.
  • Nov 26, 1328

    The Arrest of the Knights of the Faith

    King Robert III " Ironhands ", ruling over a broken Kingdom plundged into peasant and noble revolts for the last 30 years decided to arrest the Knights of the Faith, to whom the Crown owed large debts. After having tried everything to bring his Kingdom into stability ( raising taxes, changing currencies and thus becoming one of the first economic speculator ) he charged the Knights of the Faith with heresy, arresting hundreds of them through the Kingdom and seizing their wealth.
  • Nov 30, 1331

    Burning of the Grand Mestre of the Knights of the Faith

    After a two years long mocked trial, the Pope was forced to agree upon the charges brought against the Knights of the Faith by King Robert Ironhands. Hundreds of Knights had already burned for heresy and their wealth seized by the Crown. Eudes d'Incourt, the Grand Mestre, was sentenced to be burned in public by the court. While at the stake, he pronounced what was said to be a cursed at the King, who ( after having certainly been poisoned ) died chocking on his own vomit the day after.
  • May 21, 1351

    The King that ruled the longest

    The King that ruled the longest
    Louis VI is the Burgundian monarch that ruled the longest time in the Kingdom's History. Inheriting the Crown at the age of 3 after the death of his father, Louis VI ruled for 61 years, dying at the advanced age ( for the time ) of 64 years old. Not nicknamed " the Old ", he is known as " the Idle ", because he did not do much during his long reign.
  • Dec 13, 1412

    The Rise of Charles the Bold

    Charles X the Bold, known for his bravery on the battlefield is sadly less remembered for the improvements he made for his people. He spent a good part of his life fighting bandits that terrorized the Kingdom, including the famous Hugues " Black Smile " , changed the administration of cities and towns to ease the life of the people, improved roads, created a mandatory weekly fair for the cities and towns, reduced capital punishment to exile for many crimes, funded explorations , ...
  • Feb 4, 1419

    The Holy Kingdom of Burgundy

    The Kingdom of Burgundy, after a papal bull addressed to the " Most Christian Prince ", changed the country's name to the Holy Kingdom of Burgundy.
  • Jan 1, 1428

    The Great Drought

    From 1428 to 1429, the period known as the Great Drought brought despair, chaos and economical crash to the Holy Kingdom of Burgundy. Thousands of people died during these two catastrophic years. Not only the crops were not growing but the cities were the targets of all kinds of diseases. It is said in the chronics of the time that the water level of Lake Aurrois was so low that the smell of rotting fish kept people miles away from the lake. Priests recorded many suicides during that time/
  • May 21, 1441

    The Birth of Claude Miraillon

    The Birth of Claude Miraillon
    Claude Miraillon, one of Sainte Bourgogne's most successful and acclaimed sculptor ever. Born in a family of humble bakers, his talent brought the attention of a master sculptor, Giovanni Estrasi. After years of training, he was welcomed at court and made a real size bronze statue of the Queen. It is said that at her death, the King tried to install the bronze in his bed because of the realism of Miraillon's work.
  • Aug 18, 1472

    The Borduriaan crisis

    The Borduriaan crisis
    In 1472, the most precious crown jewel, a 55.23 carats diamond belonging to the Crown was stolen. After a quick investigation, a Borduriaan diplomat was accused of the theft. It quickly became a diplomatic issue between the two nation. While many Burgundian nobles considered it to be casus belli, no armed conflict happened. The Borduriaan called for a trial by combat to clear his name and after his champion won, he was declared innocent. Since then, Borduriaans are often stereotyped as thieves.
  • Jul 29, 1485

    The D'Orennec Order

    In 1485, statemen Julien d'Orennec, working with King Henri II created an order ( or decree ) which helped shaping the Kingdom. It made mandatory for every administrative/official document to be written in Burgundian Frankish ( thus making it the official language ), establishing writting and grammatical rules, mandatory for everyone to bear a family name, birth/wedding/burying records for every parishes had to be kept, creating a draft of written judicial code,...Etc
  • Jan 1, 1511

    St-Bégnine is the capital city

  • May 21, 1515

    Establishment of the first Burgundian University

    The College of Burgundy ( Today Sainte Bourgogne's College ) was established by King Henri II. Its main purpose, at the King's demand, was to offer an alternative to the traditional theological teaching offered in most education places. As such he ordered the creation of a free school, where teachers are invited to offer their knowledge. At the first, few subjects were taught ( arts, maths, medicine, theology ) but it quickly grew in size. Today, the college still exists and is still free.
  • Dec 19, 1519

    Death of the Renaissance King

    Death of the Renaissance King
    Considered by many has the King who ended the Middle-Ages and brought the Renaissance, King Henri II is remembered as a great Monarch. Chivalrous and brave, he was also a patron of the arts. He invited to court many foreign musicians, painters, sculptors, he built castles, encouraged the discoveries of new technologies. Henri II was also a force of nature, mesuring exactly 2,01m ( his armours perfectly respects his body shape ). His rule, mostly peaceful, brought the Kingdom to a new era.
  • Jan 2, 1520

    Crowning of the Battler

    Henri III, son of Henri II and known as " the Battler " spent his life studying military strategies, waging wars but also considerably improved The Holy Kingdom of Burgundy's military. He was not popular at all during his reign but the long term effects of his decisions proved he was mostly a great King, just not a good one.
  • May 24, 1524

    Creation of the first professional army regiments

    Creation of the first professional army regiments
    In 1524, to compete with foreign nations beginning to profesisonalize their armies, King Henri III created the first regiments composed of career soldiers, the Régiment du Roy and the Régiment d'Aurrois, both are still in service. The main purpose of it was to have make a better use of tercos and piquiers soldiers, both requiring extensive training before being masterized. With its already famous cavalerie, the Burgundians were able to compete with their neighbours.
  • Dec 23, 1549

    Punishment for heresy

    Punishment for heresy
    On the morrow after taking power, King Charles XI " The Good " was to forbidd the burning of heretics and the burning of people which he judged too cruel. Furthermore, he also greatly disminished the number of executed people in his Kingdom, preferring to exile them, imprison them for life or other " more suitable " death sentence. Quartering criminals became the most common death punishment, followed by the heretic's fork.
  • Mar 18, 1553

    The Kingdom of Sainte Bourgogne

    Following a Royal decision, the Holy Kingdom of Burgundy was renamed the Kingdom of Sainte Bourgogne, a way to press the Dutch Burgundian minority to accept the major ethnicity and language, Burgundian Frankish.
  • May 21, 1556

    The end of Feudalism

    By 1556, the Burgundian Kings managed to take away all " feudal " power nobles could have on their lands. Their lands were now all part of the Crown and were only " rented " to the noble families. They do no longer have the power of life and death other the serfs, can no longer wage war to each other, ...Etc Thanks to the Royal efforts, the Kingdom could not become much more centralized and effective in terms of economy ( a single currency ), administration ( Royal institutions, ...Etc )
  • Feb 8, 1567

    Derône, the Greatest Renaissance castle's construction is done

    Video from Freeway Drone Prise de vue aérienne The Castle of Derône, the perfect example of Burgundian Renaissance architecture is done after 34 years of work.
  • Sep 18, 1569

    The Diary of a St-Bégnine Bourgeois

    The Diary of a St-Bégnine Bourgeois is a diary written by an anonymous Bégninian bourgoies, starting the 18th of September 1569 until the 12th of June 1593 ( the presumed death of the author ). It offers historians a unique view of the daily life in the capital city as well as the view of the common people on national events.
  • Dec 23, 1580

    Reformers tried to settled in Sainte Bourgogne

    The Christian world was in deep trouble suring these years, with the Roman Catholic Church fighting in all fronts against Reformers. In December 1580, a group of Reformers came to Sainte Bourgogne in order to settle and flee the persecutions of their country. The Burgundian Church, having remained mostly neutral in the crisis, did not prevent them from doing so ... until they started to proselityze ...
  • The last ( apparently ) of the Reformers no longer a threat

    The person who seemed to be the last of the proselityzing Reformers was sentenced to death in 1584, ending a short period of religious tensions in Sainte Bourgogne. The King, Charles XII published an edict forbidding them from settling or even coming to the country.
  • The War of the Two Maries ( 1611 - 1633 )

    The War of the Two Maries ( 1611 - 1633 ) was one of the worst conflict Sainte Bourgogne was evolved in. A bloody civil war that cut the Kingdom in two. Until 1633, events with " WTM " signs are related to The War of the Two Maries ( 1611 - 1633 ).
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    The War of the Two Maries

    Certainly the deadliest civil war in Sainte Bourgogne's history. The war, also known as the Twenty Years War, was waged between the partisans of Anne Marie D'Estresie and her twin sister, Marie Anne d'Estresie. Eventually, the Royal forces prevailed at the Battle of Brageant ( 27th August 1633 )
  • Battle of Brageant

    Video from the movie Captain AlatristeThe turning point of the War of the Two Maries, the battle of Brageant put an end to the civil war. Anne Marie d'Estresie's forces were anhilated at the battle and she surrendered four days after.
  • The Rise of Charles XII

    The Rise of Charles XII
    Charles XII was crowned in November 1633, after the end of War of the Two Maries. Having sought to reclaim his throne for twenty years, he had the heavy burden to rebuild a country in a state of chaos. Cleaning the destruction made by his mother and aunt were his first tasks. He spent the thirty remaining years of reign mostly peacefully. A patron of arts and technology advances, he is remembered as a benevolent and good King.
  • The Grand Carousel

    CarrouselKing Octave II " the Luxurient " is the incarnation of the nobility of this era. Excellent painter and dancer, King Octave organized a gigantic week long feast, inviting the nobility his Kingdom and world as well as the poor ( separated of course ) to witness his power and beauty of his court. More than 2,000 horses and 5,000 men participated to the representation of theater, races, fireworks.
  • Baptiste Lallan

    Baptiste Lallan
    The King dancesBoris Guriz, a Bordurin immigrant in the Kingdom of Sainte Bourgogne became one of the greatest Burgundian composer. Interested by the Burgundian culture, Boris Guzie arrived in 1670 under the name of Baptiste Lallan. His work became more and more popular until the Count Jean d' Esran, a friend of Octave II, presented him to court. The King, a music and dance enthusiast, quickly grew very fond of Lallan and made him the Royal Composer. Today he is still considered one of the best composer.
  • The great fire of Till-en-Veaux

    In 1700, a great fire destructed half the city of Till-en-Veaux ( at the time the third most populated city ). Killing more than 900 people, this event lead to knew measures of building security ( more space between the buildings, ...Etc ). It also reinstated the medieval law of unauthorized work after nightfall in order to prevent the extensive use of candles.
  • First bank notes created

  • Reinstitution of the militias

    Banned since 1614, King Charles XIII rehabilited the three militia corps ( urban, provincial and coastal ) in the nation. The urban militia, known for its loyalty to the royalty was authorized to administer itself.
  • Death of Charles-Joseph de Bourgogne, the heir

    The heir Charles-Joseph, aged 23, only son of King Charles XIII died suddenly after falling from his horse, leaving a 2 years old son. Charles XIII, downhearted by the loss of his beloved son went into a deep depression. The loss, 1 years later of his wife Queen Alexandra, put him in his death bed. Charles XIII died in 1711.
  • Crowing of Henri V the " Young " or the " Shy "

    Crowing of Henri V the " Young " or the " Shy "
    Fatherless, Henri V's grandfather died in 1711 leaving him with a Kingdom to rule at the age of 5. Praised by the people to have a lovely young King, his reign was mostly benevolent, however, near the end after a 50 years long reign, Henri V would himself lose his entire family, leaving a morose old King.
  • Disgrace of the Duke of Helmarg

    The Duke of Helmarg, distant cousin of the King was the regent while Henri V was underage and unfit to rule by himself. Very intelligent, the young King had for a long tim understood the true intentions of the regent, acquiring more wealth and power at the depends of the Kingdom. With a trusted advisor, the morrow of his 15th birthday, Henri V arrested the Duke and after a trial where he was found guilty, sentenced him to relinquish all his titles and rights. Only a small mansion was left to him
  • The Great Plague of Veaux

    The Great Plague of Veaux
    The great city of Veaux ( today, Till-en-Veaux ) , located near the North-Eastern borders was a center of trade. As such, it was very modern concerning health security, with a system of walls and quarantine. In 1729, a foreign tradesman managed to bring inside the city walls a cargaison full of rats which were affected by the plague. Unable to react in time, the city authorities had to close the entire city in order to save the Kingdom. A more detailed article will soon be posted on my factbook.
  • The " Black " Code

    Created by Henri V and First Minister Hurgo, the " Black Code " put an end to slavery in the Kingdom of Sainte Bourgogne. WHile slavery was heavily reduced since the last hundred years, the remaining slaves were freed and offered a chance in the Kingdom. It is called the Black Code, reffering to the blackmen slaves, however it apllied to every slaves regardless gender or race.
  • The Remian case

    Damien Remian, a Catholic radical and ( said ) lunatic attempted to murder King Henri V by stabbing. Saved by the devotion of one of his soldiers, the King was only lightly wounded and his life not threatened. However, this stabbing attempt heavily weakened the King, already shy and mysanthropic, he considered the wound to have hit his heart. The new laws and reforms made by the King did not please everyone, especially the Church and more radical men in the Kingdom. An article on my factbook ...
  • Creation of the Military School and the Cavalry School

    Creation of the Military School and the Cavalry School
    In order to professionalize even more the army, the state ordered the creation of two schools, today considered as the best. Free of charge for the commoners, they could send their second or third sons to the school, which would take care of them for a period of 15 years, after what they could continue a career and leave the army. It offered equal chances to noble and commoners, reducing thes tranglehold of the aristocracy on the military positions.
  • Free Choice of Trade

    King Henri V and his advisors broke the old rule of " following your father's steps " by offering everyone, nobles and commoners alike, the choice to ask for apprenticeship in the desired trade. Of course, this did not break the division between social status, but the poorest were no longer stuck in the " trading class " they were born in. For example, a farmer's son could more easily ask for apprenticeship in order to become a baker. This increased the popularity of the old King Henri V.
  • Death of Henri V's heir, wife and eldest grandson

    King Henri V suffered the loss of many members of his family during his life, but the year 1758 was the worse, leading to an old and morose end of rule. In March 1758, the heir, Charles-Marie-Ferdinand, died burned alive after his tunic caught fire while he was near a chimney. His wife and eldest grandson died of the flew in September 1758. In 1760, Henri V died after a 50 years long reign.
  • The Angier

    The Angier
    Jean-Michel Angier, a Burgundian scientist, architect and engineer developed the first working self-propelled mechanical vehicle—arguably the first automobile.
  • The Flood

    The year 1781 was marked by heavy rains leading to disastrous floods in the Ancey province. The Ancey river which passes in the city of Ancevois rose to such a high level that the city was completly flooded. Royal help did little to improve the situation as the water stayed in the city for almost 6 months, helping diseases to spread. Today, we can still see on the oldest buildings the level at which the water rose.
  • First edition of the Nouvelles de Sainte Bourgogne

    The oldest newspaper of the Kingdom, the Nouvelles de Sainte Bourgogne ( today the Sainte Bourgogne Times ) was published every two days. Financed by the government and available at a very little price, it greatly helped to improve the litteracy throughout the nation.
  • The Burgundian Dutch revolt

    Feeling neglected by the rest of the Kingdom, the Burgundian Dutch population ( a minority ) revolted against the rule of Charles XIV. Unprepared, the uprisers were clearly forced to bend their knees. However, Charles XIV took this revolt as a lesson and made many improvments to help reducing the differences between the main population and the minorities.
  • The Edict of Bellefontaine

    The Edict of Bellefontaine
    King Charles XIV, at Bellefontaine, signed an edict ending serfdom. Every of his subjects were to be considered free men ( it was already the case, however sturbborn nobles still considered some people as beasts ), free of thinking ( in a certain degree ), free of movements and also entitled to earn money for their labour.
  • Welcoming of other religions

    One of Charles XIV's other modern vision of society which was greatly appreciated ( by some ) was to welcome back every other religion in the Kingdom, on the condition that they do not express in public their beliefs ( if it is not Burgundian Catholicism ). Freedom of beliefs in one's private life was establish with great success.
  • The First hot-air balloon voyage

    Augustijn Trop was the first man in Burgundy to make a tour of the country in a hot-air balloon.
  • Beginning of the first railroad contruction

    Under King Paul I, Sainte Bourgogne saw its first railroad system being developed. The first line was open between St-Bégnine and Till-en-Veaux in 1832.
  • The Torvish Queen

    The Torvish Queen
    Following the revolution in Torvaly, the Burgundian Royal family offered shelter to the deposed Torvish monarch. While he refused, a wedding was organized between the 16 years old King Charles XV and the Princess Helga of Torvalyn. It greatly damaged the relations between Sainte Bourgogne and the radical dictatorship that took power in Torvalyn. However it helped creating links between the Torvish royalty and the Burgundians, whic still stands today. The picture was taken in 1869.
  • First mining catastrophe

    One of the biggest mine collapsed in the Chambertinois region in 1863, becoming the first major mining accident in Sainte Bourgogne. It lead to the death of 354 employees. The industry refused to pay the victims' families for the incident while they were responsible for poor working conditions ' at the time the least of a company's problems ). It lead to uprisings in the mining regions and the army was sent, killing 9 people.
  • The sickly heir

    The sickly heir
    King Charles XVI, son of Charles XV and Queen Helga had an unfruitful marriage, resulting in the birth of only one child who happened to have haemophilia. He became known as Henri VII and ruled for a short period of two years ( 1891-1893 ) before he passed away, leaving his uncle on the throne. The following picture represents Charles XVI and Henri VII in his childhood.
  • Charles XVII

    Charles XVII
    After the death of his sick and heirless young nephew Henri VII, Charles XVII had the difficult task to rule during one of the worst period of Sainte Bourgone history ( rule between 1893-1919 ). The first decade of the XXth century was marked by changes in the Burgundian society with subjects being more and more demanding in terms of social policy and in 1912, the Last Grand War broke out between ? - and Sainte Bourgogne, leading to the death of 1,200,000 of his subjects.
  • The Last Grand War

    The Last Grand War
    The Last Grand War ( 1912-1917 ) was a major conflict between Sainte Bourgogne and ? and radicaly changed the nation after. With new warfare technologies, the war became the deadliest conflict in which Sainte Bourgogne was involved with the death of 1,200,000 people ( civil and soldiers ), the apparition of new weapons and never seen before effects on soldiers. A article on the factbook will add details.
  • The Battle of Carant

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    The worst battle during the Last Grand War took place near the city of Carant, in Sainte Bourgogne, resulting in the death or injuries of 200,000 Burgundian soldiers in a 5 days.
  • The end of the Last Grand War

  • Crowning of Charles XVIII

    Crowning of Charles XVIII
    King Charles XVIII ( 1919-1950 ) had the difficult task to rebuild the country after The Last Grand War. To achieve it, he decided to opt for peacefull policies concerning foreign affairs and never brought the country to an armed conflict. He greatly reduced the army budget and injected more fund to social policies ( paid holidays for workers, health care,...Etc ) and became very popular during his reign and after.
  • King Paul II

    King Paul II
    Son of Charles XVIII and father of the current King Charles XIX, Paul II was not a very liked monarch during his rule from 1951 to 1976. Unlike his late father, he was a more belligerent ruler who involved the country in more difficult foreign affairs however his sudden death in 1976 was mourned throughout the country.
  • King Charles XIX

    King Charles XIX
    The current Burgundian monarch, Charles-Joseph de Bourgogne is a highly popular King. Very attached to Burgundian traditions, he is often seen as a conservative and pious person. The lack of a male heir made him changed the " sacred " laws of succession in 2013, to the dislike of many people but praised by others who consider the possibility of the first ruling Queen ( the Princess Camille de Bourgogne ) as an advance and a change to a more modern society.