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Consolidation and Expansion, the Mediaeval Era (301IO-841IO)

After 3 centuries of peace and relative stability, The Kingdom of Tzepam found itself embroiled in a war over the succession of the neighboring principality of Zau(Zau Succession war, Tzepami-Kalsej Domination war, 301-345IO<Iza Osnovaní, After Founding>). The main opponent in this conflict was the Theocratic state of Kalsej, ruled by the High Priestess Setsira of the ethnic minority but politically dominant Kalez. Králj<King> Vjenčislav I Kazimirzović Užánov and his nephew and designated successor Knjez<Duke> Kazimirz Tomajević Užánov led a successful campaign against the Kalsej culminating in the decisive the Battle of Cer, where of 35,000 troops, 20,000 troops mostly of the ethnic Kol-te majority, defected to the Tzepami army of 25,300, resulting in a total route of Setsira's army. Knjez Kazimirz took the title of Prince of Zau, and forced Setsira to be his wife, and assumed regency over the Kalsej.
Upon the death of King Vjenčislav, Kazimir became King of Tzepam. After a 23 year reign(345-367) He was succeeded by his son Zdeslav Kazimirzović(b. 353), who united the Principality of Zau, and the Priestdom of Kalsej into the Kingdom of Tzepam, making Zau his capital. He established a written law, national religion, and created the Vjed Posjeda<Council of Estates> made up of representatives of feudal domains, ecclesiastical lands, and city councils as a pseudo-parliament.
By the year 433IO the Tzepami Nation boasted 15,000,000 people and was 1.8 million km2 in size. In 434IO Zdeslav passed away and with him, the Užánov dynasty. After a brief succession crisis, the Vjed Posjeda passed a proto-constitution, and with it established an elective monarchy. A king would be elected after his predecessor's death. He would rule has head of the Faith, Chief Diplomat, Leader of the Vjed Posjeda, and Commander of the newly institutionalized Vojska Králja Tzepamski<Royal Tzepami Military>. The first man elected king was Výtautas Michailović Skanjež, a Kol-te nobleman. This began the Pax Tzepama, a golden age of scientific advancement, economic expansion, artistic representation, and relative peace in the region which would last over 300 years, eventually ushering in the early modern era.