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The Adrestian Empire, also known as Adrestia and the Empire, is one of the three nations of Fódlan, and the secondary antagonistic faction in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It spanned in the southern half of the continent.
The Adrestian Empire once held dominion over all of Fódlan, but has significantly decayed in influence over the millennium of its existence. The Holy Kingdom of Faerghus was originally a part of the Empire, but was splited from it. Later, the Leicester Alliance was also formed, splited from the Kingdom itself.
At the story's beginning, the Adrestian Empire itself had slowly became declined. Emperor Ionius IX, the Empire's de jure ruler at the time, became a figurehead, and the whole governing was controlled by corrupt imperial nobles as well as disguised agents from Those Who Slither in the Dark.
Whilst not being entirely evil, the Empire had later waged a war for five years against the Church of Seiros, the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus and the Leicester Alliance after Edelgard von Hresvelg became the Adrestian Emperor. It began its conquest in uniting the continent and destroying the Church, in order to create a brand new society without the Church's control or the Crest as the judgement of its social standard.
The Empire became an antagonistic faction in the War Phase (except the Crimson Flower, where Byleth was on the Empire's side), serving as the secondary antagonistic faction in Verdant Wind and Silver Snow, and the main antagonistic faction in Azure Moon.
- Note: The list is based on the Empire's affiliates in non-Crimson Flower routes. It doesn't include Byleth or any recruitable characters from non-Empire side in Crimson Flower, unless the said character WAS a resident from the Empire.
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- The usage of a two-headed eagle on the Adrestian Empire's banner might be from the imperial banner of the Holy Roman Empire.
- The other resemblance between the Empire of Adrestia and the Holy Roman Empire is the fact that its nobility uses the Germanic particle "von" to separate the first name from the last name, typical of German nobility.
- As Fire Emblem: Three Houses was partially paying homage to Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, the Adrestian Empire can be considered as the Three Houses counterpart to the Empire of Grannvale from Genealogy of the Holy War.
- In addition, like the Empire of Grannvale, the Adrestian Empire had its (previous) emperor (Ionius IX and Arvis) to become a figurehead, controlled by an insidious cult-like organization that was behind every bad events (Those Who Slither in the Dark and the Loptr Church), and the Emperor's successor (Julius and Edelgard) had become their ally.
- However, comparing to her father, Edelgard was more of a combination of both Arvis (mainly in Generation 1, and partially Generation 2) and Julius, whilst Ionius IX was much closer to Arvis in Generation 2 only.
- Unlike Arvis who had lost control over the Empire of Grannvale gradually, Edelgard still maintained the highest authority in the Adrestain Empire.
- In addition, unlike Julius who had become Loptous' host and a puppet to Manfroy entirely, Edelgard maintained her free will and had planned to take down Those Who Slither in the Dark completely.
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