The Drakoneborne

Kingdom of the North

"I love you, little brother, I always will. You will be a good king, but tens of thousands of Northmen fell in the Great War defending all of Westeros, and those that survived have seen too much and fought too hard, to ever kneel again. The North will remain an independent kingdom as it was for thousands of years."

―Sansa Stark declaring the North an independent realm to Bran Stark and the other lords and ladies of Westeros[src]

The Kingdom of the North is the name given to an independent realm that controls the northern territories of the continent of Westeros, north of the Six Kingdoms. It is named after the North, one of the nine distinct regions of Westeros and the largest and most prominent in the kingdom. The kingdom is ruled by the King or Queen in the North, typically the head of House Stark, from their seat at Winterfell.

The kingdom was first founded by Brandon the Builder after the Long Night, but was conquered during the Targaryen conquest and made subservient to the Iron Throne. It was reestablished upon the proclamation of Robb Stark as the King in the North during the War of the Five Kings, but was again defeated by the Iron Throne. It was reestablished once more with the proclamation of Jon Snow, alleged bastard brother of Robb, as King in the North following the Battle of the Bastards. However, Jon eventually pledged himself to Daenerys Targaryen, thus returning the North back under the fold of the Seven Kingdoms under House Targaryen. It was reestablished finally by Sansa Stark after the assassination of Daenerys Targaryen and the selection of Brandon Stark as the new King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men in the Great Council of 305 AC.[1]

History

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Government

The Kingdom of the North is an absolute monarchy intertwined with a system of feudalism. The monarch is referred to as the King in the North, who rules the kingdom from the castle of Winterfell, the capital.

Like their counterparts across Westeros, the Kingdom of the North utilizes feudalism to keep control and order. Lands are ruled by noble Houses, who owe their fealty to the King in the North, typically the head of House Stark. In turn, these noble Houses may have lesser vassals of their own, ruling over their own sections of land. Unlike their southern counterparts, chivalry is not deeply ingrained in the culture of the North, so knightly Houses are a rare find in the kingdom. At the bottom of the social ladder are the smallfolk, or the commoners, who make up the majority of the population of the kingdom.

The King in the North bears no formal titles on their advisors, though the king can indeed host a council and heed the advice of any appointed advisors.

Territories

The Kingdom of the North is named after the North, one of the nine distinct regions of the continent of Westeros and by far the largest of the nine. As suggested by its name, the North constitutes the northernmost lands of Westeros south of the Wall; the lands beyond the Wall are not apart of any kingdom.

Historically, the Kingdom of the North was only made up of the region known as the North itself, though the borders of the North were loosely defined; hence why the King in the North was not called the “King of the North.”

This was most noticeably seen during the War of the Five Kings, where the region that borders the North to its south, the Riverlands, declared for House Stark and was annexed into the reestablished Kingdom of the North. House Tully of Riverrun continued to rule the Riverlands on behalf of Robb Stark. They were no longer subservient to the Iron Throne, but instead to Winterfell. The Tullys were tied by blood to House Stark through the marriage of Catelyn Tully to Eddard Stark; King Robb was their eldest son. After the Red Wedding, while the North fell to the rule of House Bolton of the Dreadfort, the Riverlands fell to the rule of House Frey of the Twins, both Houses ruling on behalf of the Iron Throne.

This took precedence once more in the “aftermath conflicts” of the War of the Five Kings at the Battle of the Bastards. The resurgent Stark army, made up of loyalists as well as the surviving Free Folk who traditionally lived beyond the Wall, was aided by a cavalry force of House Arryn, the rulers of the Vale, which borders the North on its southeastern border. After the battle which saw the defeat and extinction of House Bolton, both the lords of the North and the lords of the Vale declared Jon Snowbastard brother of King Robb, their King in the North. The Vale and the North had been strong allies for many years, partially thanks to the friendship shared between Jon Arryn and Eddard Stark, who together, alongside Robert Baratheon and Hoster Tully, overthrew the Targaryen dynasty during the War of the Usurper.

Robin Arryn became the new lord of the Vale at an unknown point of time and participated in the election of the new king after the assassination of Daenerys Targaryen. The North was allowed to secede under Lady Sansa Stark.

Location

Northern Westeros

Type

Feudal absolute monarchy

Population

Less than 1,000,000

Culture

Northmen
Crannogmen
Free Folk
Andals
Skagosi
Northern Mountain clans

Rulers

House Stark
Kings in the North

Capital

Winterfell

Religion

Old Gods of the Forest (majority)
Faith of the Seven (minority)

Military

Individual armies controlled
separately by noble Houses

Places of note

The Barrowlands · The Bay of Ice · The Bay of Seals · Bear Island · The Bite · Blazewater Bay · The Broken Branch · Cape Kraken · The Gift · The Grey Cliffs · Ironman’s Bay · The Last River · Long Lake · The Neck · The Rills · Sea Dragon Point · Skagos · Skane · The Stony Shore · The Wall · The Weeping Water · The White Knife · The Wolfswood

Date of founding

  • Approx. 8,000 BC – 6,000 BC
  • 298 AC, under Robb Stark (first refounding)
  • 303 AC, under Jon Snow (second refounding)
  • 305 AC, under Sansa Stark (third refounding)
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