The first state to develop in modern Culumbia after the fall of the Murican Empire was the semi-mythical Empire of Enlan, which dominated the Culumbian Plateau and the Snayc Valley, ruling as far away as lands currently under the control of the Montanan Marshallate, but was unable to conquer its western rival, the Cascadian Empire. The founder of the Empire of Enlan is believed to have been an ancient giant from the House of Boeing who lived in the early 22nd Century and whose castle still stands in the center of Spocan. After about a century and a half, the House of Boeing went extinct and was succeeded by the House of Leencun, who traced their ancestry to the Murican Emperor of the same honorific.
However, in 2284 a minor Owtbac nobleman named Raburt I Norblad led a host of adventurers into Enlan and defeated Tomus Leencun in a series of battles that led to the low-kings of Enlan hailing him as Emperor. Over the next two decades, Raburt conquered the feuding Cascadian states, Owtbac and drove the Californios out of Jifsun. In 2302 he was crowned with the Crown of the Three Empires (Cascadia, Enlan and Blacroc) in Portland, thus becoming the first Emperor of Oragun. For the next century or so, Oragun was the powerhouse of the north-west, able to force tribute from both Old Deseret and Cali as the two empires descended into several rounds of civil wars. However, in 2487, the Hutterites invaded over the Rocky Mountains from the north and Emperor Cartur II and most of his sons gathered a host to meet them. At the Battle of Casselgar, the Hutterites were turned back by the Oragunians, but the entire Imperial family was slain on the field.
Within a year, Oragun was torn apart in a civil war. After nearly a decade of war, the former Duke of Coosbay, Jon I Vaypama, emerged victorious and was crowned as emperor. However, Oragun under the Vaypamas was a pale shadow of what it had been under the Norblads, and for the rest of its history it was beset by factions and civil wars. The ruling dynasty clung to power, but over the course of the 26th Century the Empire began to dissolve. In the 2540s the tribes of Glayshur and Noridaho broke away and immediately dissolved into territorial squabbles, while the presence of Baha’ism in Cascadia became less and less hidden. In 2581 the Dukes of Snayc gave an ultimatum to Empress Ida, a mentally ill woman barely out of her regency; Give them independence and they would pay tribute; refuse it and they would take it by force. Ida reluctantly agreed, and two years later the Dukes of Snayc elected Dayv Bieter as King of the Snayc. Dayv ceased tribute payments; Ida did nothing. Oragun almost immediately imploded, Owtbac and Blacroc breaking away under the Kit family in 2584 and Enteeryur, the lands north of the Culumbia Plateau, revolting the same year under the Reval family.
Jon Tonkin, the Duke of Astoria, was a maternal cousin of Ida and had been watching the collapse of the east with increasing anxiety. Finally, in 2586, when it seemed that Cascadia itself might be about to break away, he marched up the Culumbia to Portland and deposed Ida, ending the Empire of Oragun.
However, this sudden end left the duchies on the Culumbian Plateau in a lurch. Two of the dukes, those of Trysitees (Jorj) and Dals (Cartur), met in 2589. They agreed that, in the interests of the Plateau at large, the childless Duke of Dals would give his lands to the Duke of Trysitees upon his death. Two years later, the Duchy of Culumbia was formed. It was the largest state on the Plateau, but because of this the other duchies were uniformly hostile to Culumbia. However, this changed in 2603, when Raburt of Cascadia, regretting his father’s abandonment of the east, launched an invasion of the mountains. Yaceema was reduced within a year, and the Cascadians soon arrived on the banks of the Culumbia. The dukes of Spocan and Wenatchee, unable to turn the westerners back by themselves, threw themselves at the feet of Duke Jorj and promised to swear fealty if he would only save them from the infidels. After letting them squirm for several weeks, Jorj agreed and marched on Portland. Raburt was forced to pursue, and the Culumbians defeated the Cascadians in the shadow of Saynt Heluns. Raburt died of his wounds and Cascadia imploded into a civil war, effectively ending the war. Jorj was crowned as King of Culumbia in Trysitees in 2604, marking the foundation of the Kingdom of Culumbia and the beginning of the tenure of the Hanfurd Dynasty upon the throne.
Jorj died in 2611 and was succeeded by his son Loois I. Loois was a quiet man who oversaw a period of peace in Culumbean history, but was killed in ambush by Owtbac tribesmen while responding to a raid in 2635. Loois was succeeded by his son Raburt I, whose brief reign saw the submission of the Duke of Nespers, who was in danger of being overwhelmed by the Aryun tribesmen of the mountains. In 2639 he died of a stroke and was succeeded by his brother, Marc II. Marc reigned for less than a month before being poisoned by the neighboring Duke of Samon. hej was succeeded by his cousin, Raburt II.
Raburt led a punitive expedition against the Duke of Samon, annexing his territory and adding it into his estates. In 2644, he petitioned Pope Damasus III to request a crusade against Cascadia. In 2647 it was approved, and Raburt led a coalition consisting of himself, the Kings of Enteeryur, Owtbac and the Duke of Bend (who had broken away from Owtbac) against the infidels in the First Cascadian Crusade. Portland and Astoria are both sacked, the latter being put to the sword, but when the Crusaders march north for the Salish Sea, they are bogged down by hit-and-run attacks and are held up by stubborn resistance in Olympia. The Enteeryurites quit the war and withdraw in 2650, an excellent morale boost for the Cascadians. After an inconclusive battle with a coalition of Baha’i armies in early 2651, the Crusaders withdraw to Aburdeen and retreat towards home via sea. After the Cascadian Crusade ends, Raburt was still nursing a grudge against the Enteeryurites for betraying him by leaving early. In 2654, after securing his hold over his vassals, he declared war on Enteeryur on a minor pretext and marched up the Okanugun, a tributary of the Culumbia, to threaten Celownuh, the second city of the kingdom, and create a launching point for an offensive against Kamloops, the capital of Enteeryur. However, before he can reach Celownuh he is killed in a skirmish with some militia.
Raburt is succeeded by his son, Jorj III. Jorj III has a quiet reign and dies in 2667, and is succeeded by his second son, Loois II. Loois was the Napoleon III to Raburt II’s Napoleon, and launched the Second Cascadian Crusade in 2670. However, the Cascadians had reunified under Caytlyn, and Loois and his (much smaller) coalition are smacked down after a single battle. Loois himself is captured and has to be ransomed back at an extravagant price, which so angered the nobility that they didn’t allow him to return to the throne until he agreed to the creation of the Council of Dukes and its powers. Loois agreed and in 2672 he returned to Trysitees. However, after several years of stewing in his own anger over having all of his legislature shot down, he starts overriding the Council’s decision. The dukes repeatedly tell him to stop, but they are ignored until 2676, when the dukes march on the capital and depose him. Loois and all of his male relatives are sent to monasteries (At this point, Catholicism allows priests to marry, so this is the only way to ensure that the dynasty will die peacefully).
The Council of Dukes elects the elderly Raburt Clawsen, the Duke of Spocan, as King Raburt III. In 2680, Raburt began developing dementia and his son Mark was appointed regent. Mark governs well, successfully annexing a strip of land along the border with Owtbac and overseeing the foundation of the Knights of Enlan as well as creating a primitive bureaucracy to better the stewardship of his personal estates. In 2694 Raburt finally succumbed to his disease and Mark I became king. He continued his program of reforms, but after only five years died of dysentery. He is succeeded by his nephew, Raburt IV, who is only fifteen years old and thus undergoes a two month regency until he is crowned in 2700. Raburt’s early years are similarly quiet to his uncle, but in 2711 he renews Raburt II’s quarrel with Enteeryur and marches north. He defeated Elis II of Enteeryur outside of Kamloops in 2713, and the king soon succumbed to his wounds. Unfortunately, Elis’ only relative was his three-month-old son, also named Elis, and there was no way such a long regency could end well for the kingdom at large. The dukes of Enteeryur, fearing the outbreak of civil war, approached Raburt and offered to declare Enteeryur dissolved and swear fealty to him, in exchange for certain privileges. Raburt agrees, and to further assuage the northerners he adopts Elis as his son and declares him the heir to the throne. Raburt then returned south, and after half a decade of improving relations with the Enteeryurite lords he embarks on a conquest spree. The Culumbian army crosses the border with Owtbac and sweeps down the Dushoots River, taking Bend after half a year. From there, however, he becomes bogged down in the rough terrain and the conquest slows. Agreements are made with much of the local nobility, and after six years of warfare the crowns of Owtbac and Blacroc join with that of Culumbia. Raburt is recrowned in both Bend and Trysitees in 2725, and begins eyeing up Snayc as an opportunity for expansion. However, before he can do so, Snayc is overrun by the New Desereti Empire. The Desereti take Boysee less than a year after first crossing the border, and before the end of 2727 they have reached the Culumbian border. The next spring the great expedition continues, arriving at and enveloping Looistun, on the Upper Snake within three months. Here, the Desereti make their first major mistake, as they settle down for a major siege rather than continuing their break-neck pace onto the Culumbia Plateau. This gives Raburt the time he needs to muster the combined forces of all Culumbia. He successfully drives the Desereti off, but a counter-offensive is blunted before they reach Boysee. Raburt retires back to Looistun to negotiate, but in spring 2729 the Desereti burst through Owtbac and raid the suburbs around the capital. By the time the royal armies arrive the raiders are long-gone, but the Desereti have returned to Looistun. This sets the pattern for the 2730s, as the Culumbians rush back and forth between frontier outposts. Focused on defending Culumbia proper, Raburt can only stand by and watch as his conquests are swept away under the Desereti tide. The stress wears on him heavily, and in 2741 he has a breakdown and kills two of his servants in a fit of lunacy. With the support of the dukes, Elis deposes his adoptive father a few months later and sends him to a monastery, taking the throne in 2742. Knowing that the Culumbians will break long before the Desereti do, Elis negotiates with the President of the Church. Telling exaggerated tells of the hostility of the Cascadians, Metis and the Hutterites, after several years of correspondence Elis convinces the President that the best thing for Deseret is for the Culumbians to act as a buffer against the barbarians of the north, while maintaining their independence-for a hefty tribute, that is. In 2746 Elis traveled to Salt Lake and, in a profusely humiliating ceremony, swears to give tribute to the President. When word of this reaches Culumbia, several dukes immediately go into rebellion. Elis swiftly puts it down, but the internal dissent would be an underriding current throughout the rest of Elis’ reign.
In 2759, Elis was assassinated by an agent of one of the dukes. He was succeeded by his son, Marc II, whose reign has already been covered in brief.