(duplicate from the KoW Worldwide facebook page)
Lore question, probably not answerable right now but worth a shot.
Primovantor is a pretty obvious analog for the Roman Empire (much like its successor Basilea seems an analog of Rome’s successor the Byzantine Empire)
Presumably Primovantor grew much like Rome did… A central Empire that absorbed its neighbors through conquest and diplomacy, turning them into Provinces and client states. Resulting in a multicultural Empire.
In history, when the Empire took over a region, and that regions people were integrated into the Empire’s government, and the Empires Italian-sourced culture spread to it, we speak of that region and people being ‘romanized’, as the cultural elements of the wider empire, especially that of the italian city-state of rome itself, begin to alter the regional culture. Likewise, when speaking of the citizens of the Roman Empire, we refer to ‘Romans’, whether these be ethnic Romans from Rome itself or ethnicities from Syria, Thrace, Gaul, Brittania, Africa, Egypt, etc.
What would the comparable terms for the Empire of Primovantor be?
in my opinion it wouldn’t be as simple as ‘primovantorian’. for one, that is uncomfortably long and unwieldy to say, and by human nature you’d end up with a shorter term either by truncation or euphemism/reference. for another, given the existence of the locations "Primantor’ and ‘Vantoria’ on our map as flooded out regions, it seems likely that “primovantor” is a hybrid word… either the combination of references to such locations, or more probably in my mind, one cultural reference with some form of modifier appended to alter the meaning. the most obvious one would be "primo’ = ‘great’, making the empire’s name “greater vantor” of “Vantor the Greater”, perhaps in reference to the location Vantoria, which may have been the heart of their Empire. their equivalent of Rome and the Palatine Hills. which might explain the description of that region on the map as ‘the sunken republic’, if primovantor had an early history similar to Rome’s, where it went from powerful expansionist republic to authoritarian Imperium as it grew.
but "Vantor’, while a bit better, still feels unwieldy… Vantorians. Vantorized. etc.