Imperium Super Omnes
The Pre-Imperial history of Cagethi is regrettably scarce. Nebkan records of occupation by gnolls date back to before the Immortal Sovereign and human occupation does not appear in records until some generations after the elven occupation of Outremer. Despite the geographical closeness of the human tribes of Cagethi and the elven empire, only contact with seaborne traders is reported with any consistency as well as records of occasional piracy of elven trade with the Akkadian dwarves.
After Emperor Gaius Severnus il Magnus conquered Cagethi he installed an Imperator as the head of the Imperial Cagethi state, one Vitus Quintus, whose handling of his Imperatorship over Cagethi would come to be a model for all Imperial territories in the following years. Instead of instituting a pure Ilostrian dominion over the tribes of Cagethi, he instead appointed to leadership positions in equal number deposed Cagethi chieftans and his own high-ranking officers, declaring them equal subjects and citizens of the Ilostrian Empire. Though this move is traditionally regarded as Emperor Gaius’ innovation, recently uncovered records indicate Imperator Quintus may have done so independently.
Imperator Quintus further divided Cagethi into three distinct administrative regions based on the three primary ethnic groups that composed the former Cagethi union, naming them Occimont, Arduis, and Oripen. He then put his legionnaires, now largely out of the warfighting business, to work building roads, harbors, and forts. He hired Cagethi warriors and homeless, appointed church leaders from among the holy men of the tribes, and encouraged his men to intermarry with the Cagethi locals.
Thus in only a single generation, Imperator Quintus had done more than simply endear Ilium to its newly conquered subjects – he had had engineered a generation of Cagethi natives with ties financial, familial, and faithful to the Ilostrian Empire and created of them loyal, willing subjects. Because of this, Imperator Quintus was easily able to raise an army large enough to join in Emperor Gaius I’s grand plan to conquer Gallaeca and Lumeria, the wildly successful general personally meeting with the Emperor in Lumeria’s capitol city, Morovia.
Though Cagethi culture transformed quickly due to the policies implemented by its first Imperator, it retained strong ties to both the ocean and some of the Empire’s finest sailors, shipwrights, and navigators came from there.
Cagethi suffered little direct damage during the reign of terror by the Golden Horde, but it saw its share of economic hardship as the Empire’s resources were drained in the protracted war to the east. Huge numbers of Cagethi men disappeared into the jaws of the war effort, and so displaced, many survivors never returned home. Thus it was only insult upon injury when Emperor Portus Augustus Severnus IX recalled the Cagethi legions to the war in Transoxania, leaving Cagethi largely undefended for the remainder of its existence as an Imperial province.
Starting with monstrous raids from the deserts of the south, Cagethi’s problems only multiplied when the Golden Horde had been defeated. A half-dozen tribes of Goblins, far from their homelands, unready to stop their depredations, and unwilling to make further war with Nebka Transoxania, took to the seas and made their way to the languishing Cagethi lands. Over the next few years, the goblins spread like wildfire across the coast, pillaging towns, enslaving women and children, and turning the once-prosperous coastal province into a husk of its former self.
Unused to the concept of nation-building, the goblins continued to fight, pushing northward up the peninsula of Occimont and daring to cross the strait into the southern tip of Gallaeca. It was here, atop the mountain then-called Calpe, that the Cagethi-born Imperator Adizu al-Tariq made a final stand against the invading goblins. Legends say he personally slew a thousand of the creatures, and his terrible, triumphant roar as they fled to their boats echoed across the entire Empire before he finally succumbed to his wounds.
Today, with almost two hundred years to settle into their new homeland, the Goblins of Cagethi have established something resembling a nation among the ruins of the former Imprial province. While not ruled by a single goblin, its political structure more closely resembles the Cagethi tribal councils of old, with the tribal chieftans meeting at irregular intervals to settle matters of internal dispute, plan raids on Ilos, Gallaeca, and Nebka, and sometimes elect a new Great Chief.
Besides the rapidly-growing population of goblins, there are still hundreds of thousands of humans in Cagethi, toiling under the whips of their goblin masters. Kept in conditions a beggar would scoff at, slaves in Cagethi tend to live short, brutal, and miserable lives. The existence of this substantial human slave population in Goblin Cagethi is a point of political contention among various factions in the Empire, though everybody knows an effort to drive the goblins out would cost lives and money Ilium simply cannot spare in its current state.