Emperor Johann's Oratory in Bolden,
largest church in the Kingdom
Nabetseism arrived in Jeltronia on June 17, 1435 when Captain Basil Montana and his party landed on the eastern shore of present day Jobe, where he claimed the continent for the Nabetseican Empire. Not only did this mean a new land to conquer and bring under the flag of his homeland, but Captain Montana was also tasked by the Emperor by his authority and dignity as Head of the Nabetseican Church to spread the faith to all the peoples therein. The captain's small community, Clovis Port, will host the first Nabetseican chapel in the Jeltronian lands and will serve the spiritual needs of the growing colonial population that found a home in the Clovis Port. Clovis Port will form the nucleus of what would grow to become Montana, present day Jobe, and will also be the first stop of Nabetseican missionaries arriving in the colony.
From Montana, Nabetseican missionaries will continue to spread the faith west and south, converting the indigenous people. The pre-conquest religion of the natives consisted of a variety of monotheistic and polytheistic cults. Natives also worshiped nature and venerated the spirits of their ancestors whom they propitiated with sacrifices. Mostly men practiced ritualistic drinking and many rituals performed aimed at cure for a certain illness. Magic and superstition also existed among the natives. Some of the indigenous folk resisted the Nabetseication of the Jeltronian mainland. However, the missionaries continued their proselytising efforts, one strategy being targeting noble children. These scions of now-tributary monarchs and rulers were subjected to intense education in religious doctrine and the Nabetseican language, with the belief that they in turn could convert their elders, and eventually, the nobleman's subjects.
By 1460, there would have been six colonies in the mainland, and the Nabetseican missionaries would have established a significant hold in all of them.
In 1866, a combination of the Emperor's desire to distribute lands to other members of the Imperial family, and the rising sentiment of Jeltronian nationalism which grew since Jeltronia's elevation as a Kingdom, prompted the Emperor to grant Jeltronia it's independence. On January 20, 1867, the same day the colony was established and dedicated to Saint John some 400 years ago, Jeltronia was declared an independent country. The crown, while held by the same Monarch, was now a separate dignity no longer beholden to the Imperial crown of Nabetseica. The Emperor will continue to occupy the throne until a year later when it will be granted to the 2nd Duke of Stephen Stwell, a first cousin of the Emperor.
The Duke became the second King of Jeltronia, but continued to recognize the dignity of the Emperor as the vicar of Lord Bram. The preferred and protected status of Nabetseism as the state religion would be continued by successive Monarchs, enshrining the commitment in royal decrees ,the last one in 1986.
The Nabetseican Archdiocese of Bascav is an archdiocese of the Nabetseican Church in city of Bascav, the capital of Jeltronia. The current archbishop is Cardinal Simon Longueuil.