Equestrian portrait of Octavian I in 1527
|Emperor and High Patron of Vesperia|
|Reign||21 December 1508 – 5 March 1563|
|Coronation||28 December 1508|
|Successor||Xiphilina I of Vesperia|
10 May 1479 |
N/A, Rome, Papal States
5 March 1563 (aged 94) |
N/A Palace, Illaban, N/A, Vesperia
|Issue||Xiphilina I of Vesperia|
|House||House of N/A|
Octavian ruled with the extensive consul of his trusted advisers, such as his cousin n/a, 1st Duke of n/a, and his close friend n/a. He gained his initial territories during the Nigerien Crusade (1496–1508), where he conquered numerous African tribes and kingdoms in the Kongo region for Vesperia. Following the first general period of peace in his empire, Octavian spent those years developing his nation through extensive usage of slave labor and expanding his military forces with the aid of the nobility his created in the aftermath of the crusade. Within years of his conquests, the Vesperian Empire was one of the most powerful states on the region.
In terms of governance, Octavian attempted to set a standard of tolerance and mercy for his successors, which saw him attempt to "enlighten" the native populations in the colonies, and convert those who showed promise to Catholicism. Octavian was far more moderate than his immediate successor Xiphilina I, who murdered hundreds of thousands of resisters and non-Catholics. In foreign affairs, Octavian attempted to remain neutral, seeking to establish himself on in stable bargaining position, and gain allies back in Europe to prevent the partitioning of his lands soon so after his arrival in Vesperia. This served him well, especially when many major European empires began to begin taking an interest in the Isles of Hesperus.
Octavian's reign is known as the Octavian era, renown for the extensive expansion and development of the once underdeveloped and fractured lands which Octavian came to rule over. The Imperial Vesperian Navy was established out of the old armada that Octavian built back in Italy and France, and grow to become one of the largest in the world under Octavian's leadership. Octavian established the all-pervasive secret intelligence network in medieval Vesperia, which served his successors' well during their reign, right down into the modern era. By the time of his death, Octavian had reigned for some 55 years, during which he brought prosperity and stability to Vesperia, and established the first major kingdom in the world on par with those back in mainland Europe.