Kaiser Hjalmar Redquill
Kaisers of Shireroth
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Audun Joel Hallbjörnsson Esposito (born Ayreon-Kalirion af Ettlingum Freyu 1616 in Haraldsborg, died 1651 in Eliria) reigned as Kaiser Hjalmar Redquill (1639–1642). He was a member of the Imperial Bloodline of Ayreon-Kalirion, the House of the same name, and several branches of the House of the Descendants of Freyja, including its Imperial and Froyalanish Branches. He also belonged to what was formerly the Royal Family of Elwynn, known as the House of Orchids. Prince Audun Joel was third in line and held the title of Earl of Markland. He subsequently perished during the Auspicious Occasion in late 1651, which saw the expulsion of the House of Ettlingar Freyu and the Vanic faith from Elwynn.
Hjalmar Redquill was the first Kaiser in Shireroth's history who was recorded to belong to two Imperial Bloodlines: The line of Ayreon-Kalirion and Sanglorian Ettlingar Freyu, at the same time, combining the Raynorian bloodline of his mother with the bloodline of his father (and predecessor on the throne). There are those who would argue that this constitutes the foundation of a new bloodline and should warrant its own shield and heraldic device representing that unity. There are also those who maintain that descent from Raynor should take precedence and thus Hjalmar Redquill represents a continuation of the long and distinguished line of Ayreon-Kalirion.
Several members of Kaiser Hjalmar Redquill's family have also served as kaisers. His brother, Jonathan, was kaiser under the name Kaiser Ayreon III. His father, Hallbjörn Haraldsson, served as Kaiser Hjalmar. Hjalmar Redquill's mother's brother, Elijah, served as Kaiser Ayreon II.
Prince Audun Joel was born from the marriage between the Storjarl Hallbjörn Haraldsson of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja and the Storjarla Esther Maryam Amirdokhtar of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja. Aside from his deceased brother the Prince Jonathan of Elwynn, Prince Audun Joel has two siblings, an elder sister, Princess Fjǫrleif of Elwynn, and his elder identical twin brother King Noah of Elwynn. He has also an adopted sister, Inga Hallbjörnsdóttir.
Audun Joel grew up in Haraldsborg. When only two years old, assassins broke into his home and killed his mother. If it had not been for his elder brother, Jonathan, sounding the alarm, the three brothers would probably have died too. Audun's childhood was quiet and happy, nonetheless. Upon Jonathan's ascension to the White Orchid Throne in 1618, the twins began visiting Shireroth and Elwynn. Seeing that his younger brothers were deeply in love with Elwynn, Jonathan abdicated the throne in 1623, allowing Noah to become sovereign Prince of Elwynn (later king). As such, Audun permanently relocated to Elwynn.
As a child, he knew that he would always be the second to his twin brother. As such, Audun began fostering other interests outside of the serene/royal court. Music was one. As a young teenager, he managed to convince his friends to start an underground rock band called the High Street Boys, but, once their single "I just can't wait to be King" hit the charts, it became impossible for him to hide his identity. He withdrew from the band a staff member at the band's record company leaked his name on the Elwnet. Nonetheless, Audun Joel still loves singing. His brother Jonathan once said that the best way to differentiate between the two identitical twins is to ask them to sing. The one with the widest range and clearest tone would be Audun. Audun takes pride in that he shares his last name Ayreon with the Cedrist god of music with the same name, and finds it very fitting. Still, to this day, he is active in composing, having written several Billboard 100 hits for various bands and solo artists. He, however, uses a secret pseudonym, known only to his family. Prince Audun Joel occasionally performs in public for charity as well as important events involving his family. Without the public knowing he has written several Billboard 100 hits for various bands and solo artists.
Audun Joel was named Count of Araxion upon achieving legal age of majority. Since then he has been active in the King's privy council at Eliria. In 1635, once his father became Kaiser, he was appointed Imperial Advisory Council. Secret to everyone else was Kaiser Hjalmar's intentions to use that role to groom Audun Joel to become Kaiser. True to his intentions, Kaiser Hjalmar abdicated the Golden Mango Throne to Prince Audun Joel in 1639, taking on the name Hjalmar Redquill in honour of his father.
Subsequent to his abdication in 1642, Audun Joel was appointed Prefect of Shirekeep and Marquess of Shirekeep a position which he held until his resignation in 1644. In the latter year, posterior to his resignation from the aforesaid office, he was appointed Lord Mayor of Eliria.
His reign became notable for its robust opposition to Jingdaoese militarism and for his reform-minded administration which relied heavily on the Imperial Advisory Council to pursue the agreement of the Elwynn River Accords with the Imperial States as well as the reconstruction and 'beautification' of Shirekeep, the capital of the Imperial Republic, which had fallen into a state of disrepair in the interlude between the traumatic sieges endured as part of the Cabbage Crisis and the River War.
Whilst continuing with the key appointments made during the reign of his predecessor and father Kaiser Hjalmar the Elwynnese Conqueror of Shirekeep, Hjalmar Redquill was able to expand the appeal of his Imperial Government beyond the circle of the Kalirion-Elwynnese faction.
As noted, the regime was tested by the confrontation with Jingdao, an issue which had festered since its occupation and usurpation of Kildare, and the complications which arose from that, including a storm of indignation which broke in Alexandria after the Imperial Republic conducted two top secret nuclear tests on the island of Ura'Bos in 1641.
Another controversy which bedevilled the Imperial Government during his reign was the vexing issue of the self-exiled entrepreneur and agitator Ludovic Alixion-Verion, Lord of Blackstone and proprietor of the Iron Company, a large multinational financial institution with control of its own island, the aforementioned Blackstone, on the far-western coast of the Kingdom of Amokolia. The longstanding rivalry between the House of Verion and the House of [[House of Ayreon-Kalirion|Ayreon-Kalirion and Ettlingar Freyu had its origins in the development of the absolutist monarchy in the Elwynnese Union and grew from a dispute over possession of the title over the County of Illumination and Cimmeria into one increasingly characterised by personal antipathy and mutual loathing. One of the criticisms levelled by some of Imperial Decree 814, which provided for a new immigration policy, was that it appeared to give too much leeway in its wording towards excluding new citizens upon a subjective evaluation of an applicant which might shade too easily into prejudice. However defenders of the reformed policy explain, with some justice, that the intent was to prevent the future subversion of the Imperial Republic, or one of its Imperial States, by hostile or parasitic forces such as those of Jingdao which resulted in the loss of the Dutchy of Kildare.
The Kaiser also gave his support to attempts by the Imperial Advisory Council and the Landsraad to reform morality and to improve standards in public life. One of the hopes and ambitions expressed at the outset of his reign was that it would see the revival of a national Shirerithian identity that integrates all the individual States into a "melting pot" Shirerithian culture.
After his reign, he settled down in a quiet life in Elwynn. Although officially part of the public functions of Elwynn, he was desillusioned with many of its aspects and preferred his life as Count of Araxion, attending to daily affairs. He was, however, in Eliria during the Auspicious Occasion where he was shot by Imperial soldiers mistaking him for his identical twin Noah. Never married, he was survived by his sister Fjorleif, brother Noah and father Hallbjörn Haraldsson, who all fled to Stormark.
Imperial Advisory Council of Kaiser Hjalmar Redquill
Kaiser Hjalmar Redquill took immediately on an active role. Among his first acts was to appoint a new Imperial Advisory Council:
- Yumi Zotrasdóttir of the House of Kviteseid, Steward, Marchioness of Shirekeep, and Scribe of Raynor's Keep.
- King Noah, Minister of the Interior, and head of state of the Elwynnese Union;
- Fjǫrleif Hallbjörnsdóttir of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja, Minister of the Exterior;
- Thorgils Tarjeisson, Minister of Military Affairs, Chief Defense Advisor to the Kaiser, and representative of the Imperial Dominions;
- Ryker Everstone;
- Shyriath Bukolos;
- Hallbjörn Haraldsson of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja;
- Queen Noor, head of state of the Kingdom of Goldshire;
- Queen Mira Raynora Major, head of state of the Kingdom of Lichbrook;
- Mira Octavius-Aryani.
Imperial Decrees made by this Kaiser: Imperial Decree 809, Imperial Decree 810, Imperial Decree 811, Imperial Decree 812, Imperial Decree 813, Imperial Decree 814, Imperial Decree 815, Imperial Decree 816, Imperial Decree 817, Imperial Decree 818, Imperial Decree 819, Imperial Decree 820, Imperial Decree 821, Imperial Decree 822.
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Kaiser Dominus Tarjeisson