Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nyatria (principality)

Part of the Kingdom of Hungary, the Principality of Nyatria is the most populated of the nation's divisions - it is the lynch pin that holds Hungary together, providing the greatest manpower and being essential for communication throughout the kingdom.

The principality has a total area of 29.7 hexes, with a density of 22,495 persons per hex. It is bordered on the south by the Ottoman Empire (Northern Hills, Budapest & Bakony); on the southwest by the March of the West Border and the Duchy of Burgenland; on the west by the Kingdom of the Habsburgs (Lower Austria); on the northwest by the Kingdom of Bohemia (South Moravia, Vlachia, North Moravia & Upper Silesia); on the northeast by the Kingdom of Poland (Galicia); and on the east by the Principality of Upper Hungary. It has a population of 668,110.


Though part of the Pannonian plain, Nyatria's location beyond the Danube defied Roman attempts to control the region. As such, it was largely occupied by independent tribal groups. These tribes were not united until 568 A.D., when the Avars invaded the Middle Danube and established a kingdom that dominated the Carpathian Basin.

In 623, the Slavic population under their control rebelled, succeeding from the Avars and greatly reducing their control over the region. The Avar kingdom collapsed in 804. Over the next century, several groups - including the Slavs, Germans, Bulgars and finally the Magyars - took part in decimating the Avars. By the time of Zsolt (907-947), Avar culture had apparently vanished.

For a brief period (804-830), the region became subject to a principality founded at Nitra (Nyatria). This fell to the Slavic Kingdom of Great Moravia. Moravia would collapse before the spread of Magyar power - in a series of three battles in 907, Nyatria would fall and become part of the Kingdom of Hungary. The region would remain predominantly Slavic. It would suffer heavily from the invasion of the Mongols and the famine that followed. It would, however, become characterized by the development of many large towns (15 with populations over 1,000), stone castles and a strong interest in the arts.

Pozsony became capital of Royal Hungary in 1536, after the collapse of most of the former kingdom under the Ottoman Turks. Rural areas in the south part of the principality have been repeatedly devastated from cross-border attacks.



Pozsony is the only market city within the principality. It shares road traffic with Koszyce in Upper Hungary and with Gottwaldov and Brunn in the Kingdom of Bohemia. River traffic does move upstream to Vienna and downstream to Yanik Kale and Budapest (despite the antipathy between the Ottoman Empire and Royal Hungary). Pozsony does not possess a quality road to Sopron in the West Border, but goods do move across the Danube along poor cobbled roads along both sides of the Neusiedler Lake.

References for production around Pozsony are as follows:

See sheet map D 02 ~ Carpathians.


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