John I, Grand Duke of Balian
John Casimir Novellen, regally known as John Casimir I (1817 - Present), is the founder and first Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Balian and the secondborn son of Prince Philip, Duke of Adria. As a result of his birth, he was in line for the Orenian Throne but was never expected to rule in his own right. He served against Urguan in the War of the Wigs and fought for Peter IV, Holy Orenian Emperor during the Brothers' War. After Peter's defeat and death, John Casimir rallied the remaining Imperialist forces with their families and fled to the southern landmass of Almaris. There, they founded a newly independent nation which he dubbed the Grand Duchy of Balian. Since coming to power within the Grand Duchy of Balian, John I has been able to make great strides with the help of his appointed Chamber and Children.
The early life of John was rather unremarkable, having been the secondborn son of Prince Philip, Duke of Adria, he was not the heir to the empire and was never expected to rule. Growing up with the finest education possible due to his royal birth, John would be educated in various subjects, including but not limited to; Military Command, Politics, Economics, Diplomacy, Court Etiquette, and City Management.
John's military career has been rather eccentric, having served in three different wars, serving as a commander for two of them. During the War of the Wigs John served beside his brother, Philip III. During the war, John fought in the Battle of Lower Petra and Siege of Haerlock, both of which were major victories for the empire. After the death of his brother, Philip III the empire dissolved into the chaos of the Brothers' War, in which he served as a commander alongside his nephew Peter IV, the war ended in defeat. The third war John served in was the war of the ruffians, in which he would not serve as a commander but the commander, leading his troops to multiple victories over the ruffians.
The early reign of John was quite the struggle, forced to lead the remaining imperialist factions after the death of his nephew, Peter IV, Holy Orenian Emperor. Deciding to move south, John would lead his faction across the sea. Following the star of saint Lothar eventually, John would reach the chosen destination, placing his sword upon the rock he declared the founding of Balian with their patron saint, St. Lothar. After the founding of Balian John would grant the families that aided him Baronies and form his Ducal Chamber with trusted advisors in order to serve his duchy better.
Titles, Styles and Honors
Titles and Styles
- 1817 - Present: His Imperial Highness, Prince John Casimir of Renzfeld
- 1868 - Present: His Imperial Highness, John I, Grand Duke of Balian
|Alexandros Casimir Novellen||1861||Alive||Unwed||Firstborn Son of John Casimir. Heir Apparent to the Grand Duchy of Balian|
|Constantia Irene Novellen||1861||Alive||Unwed||Firstborn Daughter of John Casimir.|
|Augustina Therosia Novellen||1863||Alive||Unwed||Secondborn Daughter of John Casimir.|
|Constantine Antonius Novellen||1865||Alive||Unwed||Secondborn son of John Casimir.|