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House Amaris, the successor to the Rowe/Durant family, was the dynastic ruling house of the Rim Worlds Republic. Lords of House Amaris (or related families) ruled the Rim Worlds Republic between 2463 and 2575, then again from 2596 to 2779.
|“||The universal scholar would be hard pressed to find a worse collection of self-involved, sadistic tyrants than those of House Amaris. Not only did they damn themselves by their collective hatred of Humanity, but by their actions, they damned us as well.||”|
The founding member of House Amaris was Terens Amaris, a Terran Hegemony intelligence operative investigating an attempt on the life of the Director-General Jacob Cameron of the Terran Hegemony. Terens and her husband, David Chi Wong, subsequently emigrated to the Rim Worlds Republic to continue the investigation, where she befriended and (is believed to have) had a love affair with First Consul of the Republic Heather Durant. In 2463, the heirless First Consul transferred power to Terens and her descendants.
Like the previous dynastic ruling house of the Periphery realm, the Rowe/Durant line, House Amaris is noteworthy for its terrible villains and its progressive heroes. Yet all Amaris lords (on record) between approximately 2550 and 2780, both enlightened and treacherous, tended towards the traits listed below (traits are listed most common to least common):
- two-faced behavior
Though rarer, very villainous members of House Amaris also featured these traits:
- Machiavellian intrigue
With the Amaris ties to the Terran Hegemony, Amaris rulers always maintained (at least a facade of) cordial relations with the Director-General of the Terran court. It seems implicit that the dual Terran/Apollonian citizenship of Amaris Lords may well have contributed to the problem; the Amaris arrogance may stem from a belief the line is "better" than other Periphery lords and denizens because of this Terran connection, on equal footing with Great Lords of the Inner Sphere. The fact that the Amaris line was not treated in the same esteem led to quite a bit of jealousy and resentment; this resentment became a festering wound after Gregory Amaris required Star League intervention during the Reunification War.
Another trait of the history of the house is violence and instability. After the Reunification War, only three Republican governments were able to transition bloodlessly or without political intrigue. Of the three governments that transitioned peacefully, two were essentially regencies. Even the most powerful Amaris rulers were unable to avoid pressures from within the Apollonian court. For example, before the Amaris Civil War, Stefan "The Usurper's" safety was only insured by the cowardice of his contemporaries.
Ability to Wage War
Of the Amaris traits, ambition, paranoia and cunning were the deadly combination that led to the Succession Wars. With large expanses of space, and colonization efforts underway in the unexplored Periphery, the armies of the Rim Worlds Republic were able to build and train away from the surveillance of the Inner Sphere. After the Reunification War, the Amaris line never fully returned property rights to their citizens. Therefore, the average subject of House Amaris had:
- moderate education
- moderate standard of living (if you work, you are taken care of)
- few possessions
- little freedom
House Amaris also gave lucrative deals to Inner Sphere industries. With the plethora of foreign businesses, and a lack of personal possessions, subjects of House Amaris were effectively forced their into fields of moderately skilled labor useful for waging war against the Star League, including defense and clerical work. Clerical work became quite useful to House Amaris: most clerical workers became Star League administrators, while others worked for the Rim Worlds Republic, maintaining the expansion of the Rim Worlds Republic Military, or covering up the Republican military build-up.
Trained military personnel were also available in surplus. The Rim Royal Guard Act - implemented by Rim Royal Army commanding officer Fiona Amaris during the Selanta regime - required all citizens of the Republic to serve the military. Once retired after a 3-year tour, all citizens were kept in a obligatory military reserve. The Act was implemented after the Cameron Act of 2650, at least tripling the size of the fighting force the Rims World Republic could field (given short advanced notice). These factors gave the Republic:
- a very large, moderately trained, technologically sophisticated army
- the ability to maintain a facade of compliance with the Star League
- infiltration of the Star League administration, easing the eventual transition required by Stefan Amaris's coup d'etat
One final factor should not be overlooked. Early Periphery realms tended to emerge not as dominant players conquering their neighbors (like the Successor States), rather associations coalescing for mutual benefit. In the case of the Rim Worlds Republic, this brief expansion was then followed by a period of colonization. Almost all native citizens of the Republic, and all military units in the Republic, bore only a single national identity. Though House Amaris might not have been a particularly pleasant ruling house, native Republicans had no other identity, ensuring some loyalty among the Republican Military.
Below are family trees for the Rowe/Durant line, and the Amaris/Wong/Siever line of rulers. Any family members either not mentioned or, in the case of Fiona Amaris, too distantly removed from the throne of the Rim Worlds Republic are not listed.
|Hector Worthington Rowe|
|Maxwell Achilles Rowe|
|Michael Durant||Heather Durant||Terens Amaris||David Chi Wong||Unknown|
|Amaris Family||Wong Family|
|Wong Family||Amaris Family||Siever Family|
|Jeffrey Amaris||Amanda Amaris||Willard Amaris (cousin)|
|George Wong||Selanta Amaris||Tadeo Amaris (cousin)||Jimmy Siever|
|Bertram Amaris||Gregor Siever (cousin)||Carl Siever (cousin)|
|Cynthia Amaris||Stefan Gorienko|
|Stefan "The Usurper" Amaris|
|End of the Wong Family||End of the Amaris Family||End of the Siever Family|
- The Periphery, p. 52
- The Periphery, 21
- The Periphery, pp. 15-19, 21, 23-26, 42-47, 50, 52-57
- The Periphery, pp. 15-16, 45-47, 50, 52-57