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I'ohn of McClean-Tagtmeier is the first Emperor of Holcetaea. I'ohn founded the Empire with his brother, sister, and his close friends.
I'ohn of McClean-Tagtmeier was born then Grand Prince Stefen of Tagtmeier and Grand Princess Ioudith of McClean (Tagtmeier) in 1986 C.E. in the County of Crestwood. I'ohn was the first born and heir to Stefen's princely title, which he had won in the Tagtmeier Dynastic War with his brother Grand Prince U'illiam III a year before John's birth. I'ohn had a good childhood and gained his closest friends I'ohn of Wallace-Bostrom and Fheter of McClean-I'ones a few months after his own birth. Almost two years later Ioudith gave birth to Xristofer of McClean-Tagtmeier. Almost 5 years into I'ohn's life his sister Elen of McClean-Tagtmeier was born. Soon after her birth Stefen invaded the Duchy of Glenwood and conquered it. Stefen moved his court to a palace in Glenwood soon after it's conquest. Ioudith yearned for more land so Stefen began negotiations to aquire land in Braden Hill but the negotiations went sour due to Stefen's unwillingness to pay more. So war erupted between Braden Hill and the Duchy of Glenwood. The Tagtmeiers invaded Braden Hill with forces under the control of ArchDuke I'ohn and ArchDuke Xristofer. The ArchDukes had much to gain from the conquest. I'ohn would become heir to the territories of Braden Hill and Xristofer would receive the Duchy of Glenwood. After months of war the Archdukes' forces surrounded those of Braden Hill. This forced their leader Lord Moseley to surrender, giving the Tagtmeiers the land and going into exile himself. Stefen and Ioudith now declared their lands the Kingdom of Holcetaea. Stefen deferred the title Duke of Glenwood on his second son Xristopher. But after only a year the Duchy of Glenwood was invaded. I'ohn rushed to his brother's aid while Stefen held back angering both his sons. After half a year of fighting Stefen undermined his sons' defense by selling the Duchy to the enemy. Stefen explained to his sons that the Kingdom's treasury was low and that it was needed move. His explanation did not sit well with his sons who left the Kingdom by the end of the year. I'ohn stayed in the area planning to overthrow his father while Xristofer headed west in search of conquerable land. After a year of fighting Xristofer gained a foothold in the West. After his victories many of Stefen's dissatisfied nobles changed their allegiance to Xristofer. At this point Xristofer's nobles declared him Prince of Western Holcetaea independent of his father Stefen. I'ohn had acquired a small amount of territory but had smaller forces than Xristofer. He and Xristofer conspired to combine forces. I'ohn would aid Xristofer in the West and in return Xristofer would aid I'ohn in deposing their father. I'ohn sold his small territory in the east and travelled west with his forces. After a month long war the combined armies of I'ohn and Xristofer defeated the enemy. The armies had been under the control of Kurtis of Lofgren-Land as a compromise, both brothers had wanted the command. I'ohn crowned his brother King of Western Holcetaea after receiving his fealty. Xristopher awarded his brother with extensive lands for the help he had given. Now I'ohn & Xristofer sought to depose their father, but they hesitated due to their mother. If they deposed Stefen than Ioudith could turn the McCleans against them. I'ohn secured the McCleans' promise to remain neutral, but now he had to accomadate his sister Elen. Elen was Stefen's favorite child and could sway his opinion. During this time I'ohn gained allies who were independent of his father's kingdom. He and Xristofer marched on Stefen's palace and laid siege to it. Stefen stubbornly refused to surrender even after his sons broke through and entered the palace. Ioudith surrendered for him and the sons accepted it. Stefen refused to abdicate. John countered by offering Elen her father's throne. This forced Stefen to negotiate, as he did not want a rift created between himself and his only daughter. Stefen agreed to make Elen his heir and was allowed to keep his titles. I'ohn was declared Emperor of Holcetaea by his nobles and his brother. I'ohn crowned himself Emperor of the Holcetaea on September 23, 2007, and the Empire was born. The Empire Of Holcetaea is comprised of the Western Kingdom of Holcetaea and the Eastern Kingdom of Holcetaea as well as several principalities seperate from the 2 kingdoms.
Titles and Style
His spoken style and titles are His Imperial Majesty I'ohn I, by the will of the Heavens above and Earth below, Emperor of Holcetaea, Autocrat of the East and West, Archduke of McClean-Tagtmeier, Grand Duke of Royal Hill, & Princely Count of Holcetae. He is also unofficially called Ymerawdwr and Ard-Ri, the Welsh for Emperor and the Irish for High-King. Upon Steven's passing I'ohn will acquire the new title of Grand Prince of McClean-Tagtmeier, while his father's title Grand Prince of Tagtmeier will revert to the senior branch of the Tagtmeier dynasty under Prince Eric of Tagtmeier son of the formely exiled Grand Prince U'illiam III of Tagtmeier.