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“...best time to visit is in Christmas. Watch out the queues though!

-Cuneda’s Pillar: this 6-meters tall pillar, located in an idyllic countryside 20 km from the city, was raised by King Cuneda “The Heathen-slayer” after his victory over Harald “One-Eye” in 980, whose death would prompt the collapse of his Empire. With text in Latin and Scandinavian Runic and decorated with engravings of the battle and Christian and mythological imagery the king announced his victory and warned the Norse about testing his fury by attacking and raiding his lands.

To reach it take the N-525 and follow the signs. Open from 10:30 to 18:30, Tuesdays to Sundays except holidays. Price is 10 atlans, with discounts for children, students and the elderly. The museum holds a permanent exposition on the pillar and the Norse Age in Brithonia, as well as a cafeteria and a shop.

Lunden


 The city of Lunden, home to its world-class university, has become famous as a centre of learning. Divided between her Brithonic and Angelish identity, Lunden has also come to represent every facet of modern Angeland.

Founded by the Romans with the name of Londinium shortly after their invasion of the Isle in AD 43, in the 2nd century it became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia, after being destroyed by Boudicca in AD 60. Once the Romans abandoned Brithonia the city was almost completely abandoned, and by the 6th century it was an unremarkable proto-Angelish town, though the Arthurian myths mentions King Arthur’s Companions visiting it in their quest for the Treasures of Britain. Raided by the Norsemen in the 9th and 10th centuries, the city changed hands between Norse and Angelish kingdoms before being definitely conquered by East Seaxe in 1011. The city grew thanks to the trade coming from the Germanic Sea up through the Tames, becoming the seat for the Archbishopric of Anglia in 1124. It would be an archbishop, Almund, who would found the University of Lunden in 1247.

While the city suffered badly during the Dreadful Years, losing half her inhabitants after the Black Death arrived in 1448 and being heavily damaged during the Angelish Succession War, the city would recover soon, becoming the only city in Angeland to recover its pre-1350 population before the Industrial Revolution. The University would also gain renown both in Britonnic Brithonia and abroad, and during the 16th and 17th century it would grow up to being the most important university in the kingdom, with thinkers and scientists like Perdel Morcant or Aurelius Glevi.

In 1785, during the European Revolutions, the city would side with the Eklesians against the Monarchists, and after their defeat in 1790 King Arthur IX would close down the university, considering it a “hotbed of radicalism”. However his more liberal grandson Caradog IV would reopen it paying from his own pocket. Thus the city would recover its lost prestige as privileged students came to the city to study and party and peasants, both Angelish and Britonnic, migrated to work in the factories.

The city suffered heavy bombings from the Hispanians during the War of the Old World, with entire quarters being reduced to rubble. However the Hispanian plan of demoralizing the populace backfired as the Brithonians, until then divided in regards to the war, united claiming revenge, with “remember Lunden” becoming a rallying cry used in propaganda. The Reconstruction would be long, but it would leave a positive note as Neocolourist buildings filled the spaces formerly occupied by rundown 19th century slums. Around this time the University would also be a centre of the Post-war Renaissance, with philosophers like Alan Cluid or artists like Enora Cas.

Nowadays Lunden remains a university city, from the old and dark faculties (as well as the newer and brighter ones) and the top-tier teachers and academics to the night scene, for good and ill. While it retains its Angelish identity the heavy Britonnic immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries has dissolved it somewhat, something that makes Angelish nationalists mad. The city has also attracted immigrants from other countries of the Atlantic League, their overseas territories and beyond, so it isn’t weird to find Angelish dames attending Celtic Rite churches near Norvegian Baldrites or Moroccan Muslims (another advantage is that people may actually know a bit of Gaelic, which is always a plus). The mix of tradition and innovation, localism and cosmopolitanism, as well as an intellectually suggestive environment has produced a vibrant culture that will make the pleasure of any traveller who visits her nightclubs, her pubs and her streets.

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Traditions

Like any university city, Lunden has her traditions...”

 

Passage taken from the Guide for the Hy-Brasilian traveller: Brithonia.


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For those of you wondering:

-Réigiúin na Breataine: regions of Brithonia

-Réigiúin Uathrialacha na Angeland: Autonomous Regions of Angeland

I made up the city names mixing Welsh, Cornish and Breton words and the odd Roman toponym, and the regions names by modifying historical region’s names. The Irish phrases are mostly taken out of Google Translator. If I fucked up them somehow please let me know.

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If you don’t mind my asking, what on earth happened here?
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Basically the native Britons and Romano-Britons were more succesful at stopping the Anglo-Saxon advance, effectively dividing Britannia in half. The Anglo-Saxon kingdoms would eventually be weakened heavily by Viking raids and invasions, which the by-then unified Britons would take advantage of slowly conquering them, and after centuries of Brittonic immigration and good ol' cultural assimilation the "true Anglo-Saxon" lands would be reduced to what is marked in the map.

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...huh. Neat!