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Episode Two
This episode is centered around major events happening in your nations during the 1800s. Just like last week, post about anything you want during this period. Don't forget you can post as many or few events as you'd like, in whatever format makes sense to you, with however much detail you want. Possibly think about continuing backwards with the information already posted. Additionally, if you want to go back to Episode One and post more information, feel free!
The Second Coup

The first coup that toppled the Eraphalian Empire replaced the imperial government with an oligarchy. Controlled by a special group of individuals, the Eraphalian state was under near-total control by the new radical regime. The regime maintained its power by fostering a loyal intellectual class and maintaining absolute control over the military. It seemed that at the height of their power that no one could remove them, yet that proved false.

Striking in 1853, a new group in the elite ruling class struck quickly and ruthlessly. It is still unclear how a small portion of the ruling class was able to take over the Elitoria as quickly as they did, but they managed. Immediately following the massacre of key players of the old regime, the new party immediately secured the loyalty of the navy. Following that, the new regime fostered the feels of high-ranking army officials. By the end of the year, the new regime secured its position tightly and declared the start of a meritocratic government. 

The second regime laid the initial bedrocks that would make up today's Eraphalian government. Without a doubt, the second regime gave birth to modern Eraphalia.
Early 1800s

The beginning of the 19th century saw the end of a period in Atariian history known as the Middle Monarchies. This came about as greater amounts of trade resulted in a boom of mercantilism. There was, generally, a greater sense of stability in the economy of each kingdom, as well as scientific advancements in many fields of study. This came to head in 1806 when Wilhelm I united the 16 major kingdoms in the area to create a "Confederation of Great Monarchies," as he called it. With this, he was named Grand King Wilhelm I, "der Uniter." 

Mid 1800s

The expanse seen under Grand King Wilhelm I was great, however it did not focus on territorial gains. In fact, there were very few uses of the militaries at his disposal, marking him as one of the most peaceful rulers in the history of the Atariian people. He saw to it that there was great economic expanse in the Confederation during his rule, along with forging closer relations between each monarchy. However, he died in 1823 at the age of 41. It was from this point that his son was named Grand King Wilhelm II at the age of 11. He continued, to the best of his ability, his father's rule of maintaining peace within the Confederation and focusing on furthering economic growth. This, however, came to a head when he was killed by his successor. 

Late 1800s

Upon his murder, Grand King Wilhelm II was succeeded by, then King, Otto I. Otto was a young member of the nobility in the Confederation, ruling over one of the kingdoms within. However, he felt that this period of peaceful non-expansion needed to end. He, and many like-minded co-conspirators (all members of nobility), plotted against Grand King Wilhelm II to replace him. Once this was achieved, King Otto I named himself "Kaiser des Volkes (Kaiser of the People)" and the Confederation became a "Grand Empire." This was the beginning of the first imperial system ever used in the history of the Atariian people and gained Otto I the title of "der Imperator." With a powerful economy at his disposal, along with the ability to create one of the most powerful militaries of the time due to advancing technology and population growth, his goal of rapid expansion was seen through. In his 68 years of rule, he expanded much further than the stretch of all lands claimed during the reign of the Holy Oligarchy, which was about 700 years longer. With this, he fulfilled his goal of expanding more than any other ruling government or sovereign in the history of the Atariian people.
Mantsebo experienced a splendid golden age in the 18th century. After repealing its isolationist laws, Mantsebo's economy had largely increased, and it experienced an intellectual and cultural movement that would modernize Mantseban culture. It also introduced a series of reforms that would increase agricultural output, which would lead to the rapid population growth that occurred. However, this era was not without problems though. As the population grew, the state became unable to support its population, leading to a series of famines and plagues. The ruling class also became more corrupt, brutal, extravagant, and inefficient. In turn, Mantsebo's golden age rapidly ended at around the beginning of the 19th century, giving rise to the Bitter Century.

The Bitter Century is seen as one of the most disastrous and humiliating points in Mantseban history. It was during this period that the lower class of the nation endured a century of widespread famines, diseases, and corruption, causing dissent among a majority of the population. Meanwhile, the oblivious upper class only grew richer in this century, until the Moloko Revolution of 1899.

The Moloko Revolution was much like the French Revolution. Both were caused by the lower class, dissatisfied with the oppression, brutality, and greed by the higher class. Beginning at 1857, the Moloko Revolution is one of the bloodiest civil wars in history, with two-thirds of the Mantseban population dead (33 million). This is because of the higher class attempting to weaken and lessen the massive lower class population in an effort to sedate them. This war would not end until the beginning of the 20th century.