Before Rome’s conquest, the Belgae held lands from Gaul to Ireland, where they were known as the Fir Bolg. In Britain, the Belgae were divided into the civitates of the Belgae, the Atrebates, and the Regnenses. Their own civitas capital became Venta Belgarum. In the past century, the drainage system built by the Romans to straighten the river have begun to fail, causing flooding. Most of the city’s inhabitants — particularly the rich and powerful — have moved to the higher land around the city’s core.
In no small part because of their spread across the Channel before the Roman conquest, the Belgae continued a great deal of trade with the continent. In the later centuries of Roman rule, as the Saxons gained a larger, more powerful presence in the area, many of the Belgic curial and magisterial class became familiar with them and their culture. The first Belgic king after the Revolution, Elaphius, brokered the deal between Hengist and Vortigernos. He maintained a fairly large number of Saxon foederati of his own to protect his cross-Channel trade. To many Britons, this made the Belgic king a traitor. The most militant Britons consider Belgae no longer a British kingdom, but the kingdom of the West Saxons.
Impending Issue: Two Societies
Caratacus Strongarm, Elaphius’s son and heir, has continued as his father did. He takes inspiration from Theoderic, who divided Italy into effectively two societies. In Belgia, there is a civilian British class, marked by Christian religion, Latin, and Roman law and traditions, and a military Saxon class, marked by pagan religion, Germanic language, and Saxon law and traditions. Caratacus believes this will create a stable and prosperous society, but many other Britons see him as a traitor for this.
Face: Caratacus Strongarm