Council of Welm
A meeting in 853 A.B which took place in the city of Welm in current-day Icenas. Called in response to the invasion of Skell by the nation of Cadria, the council sought a military agreement that would ensure the continued survival of Termecian states from their significantly larger neighbors. The very fact that the meeting took place was revolutionary; never in known history has Termecia been unified politically, even in the days of the Myceen. Though held together by a common language and a similar, if not homogenous culture, the 14 states that make up Termecia have spent most of their short history plotting, maneuvering, or outright warring with one another.
The Council lasted for almost a month of almost nonstop diplomatic wrangling. While every member agreed that a united front was needed, no one could agree on what shape it would take, how long it would last, or how it would be structured. The political structure of the Termecian states ranges from oligarchy to republic to feudal rule to theocracy and each state wanted any united Termecia made in its image.
Over the course of the negotiations, the proposed government became ever more trimmed down, beginning as a full Imperial bureaucracy or elected government and ending up as three entities: the Estates, the Royal Court, and a High King elected by the member states (see the government section of Termecia for more information). Skeptical states realized that once the danger passed, they could simply elect weak kings to the position as the watered-down treaty contained no true penalties for states which did not obey the High King.
The High King elected was the High Lord of Petra, Waemark Felmaer, a forceful 36 year old who had lobbied for a powerful central government. As soon as the Council ended, he began establishing his power by blockading the River Illeil against any states which did not contribute soldiers, goods, and money. He appointed Imperial magistrates to each member state to ensure their cooperation.