Well, since I was already writing up a history... I propose a compromise: not so much a gradual shift as a period of conflict between the ideals of the two systems of monarchy and oligarchy. This seems natural development from the pre-existing governmental diversity in Rathedān.
By the time of Rathedān's unification in 196, the general responsible for much of the unification, Semōn the Elder, had accumulated so much power that despite calling himself only "general", he was the de facto dictator of the fledgling nation. Upon his death in 199, his son Semōn the Younger was the first to proclaim himself ruler by right of inheritance. This did not sit well with the nobility of Athalē, who were accustomed to a more republican form of government. In 201 Semōn the Younger was assasinated, and governance of Rathedān gradually returned to normal.
The idea of royalty was far from dead, however. In 207 and again in 213, powerful politicians nearly succeeded in setting themselves up as absolute rulers. The khiara of Athalē remained in power, however. The final blow to true oligarchy was not immediately obvious when it came: Aiathi, head of one of the most powerful noble houses of Athalē, succeeded in gradually exiling all his political rivals from the khiara. The five other remaining members were all firmly in his pocket by 228. Matters came to a head early the next year, when Aiathi - in control of the army - ignored the zāthar's attempted veto of his decision to invade the lands of the Hitatc. This was not well-received by the public, and riots occurred that spring.
The Hitatc invasion took two years, but was a victory. Aiathi's son Phanal was the popular hero of the war and - unlike his father - the darling of the zāthar. Aiathi installed Phanal in the khiara (to keep him under his thumb, some historians say) and the two of them ruled their fledgling empire. Thus when Aiathi died in 234, it was a natural transition for Phanal to come to power. Smarter than Semōn the Younger, Phanal did not call himself a king, or even a ruler - he simply exercised control through the machinery of the khiara.
The Thārasians saw this ruse for what it was. Thāras was always been a monarchy before its incorporation into the Daiadak league, and its disaffected royal family had quietly waited for decades for its chance. That chance came in 244 when Phanal died unexpectedly, leaving behind only a young son. Tēmekas, head of the Thārasian royal family (the house of Mir) and Phanal's best general (and grandson of Semōn the Younger as well), stepped into the gap. The Athalēan khiara was by this time unaccustomed to any actual power, and gave way to Tēmekas with little fight. Tēmekas was the first to proclaim himself Emperor and succeed. To prove the point he disbanded the zāthar and fought a series of campaigns extending the Empire's borders to the east and north.
When Tēmekas died in 253, the throne passed to his son Mikha. Mikha ruled for four years as a weak emperor, notable only for his military intervention in Lasomo when Huyfarah invaded it. He was assasinated by Phanal's son Uremas, who was eager to return the Empire to the Athalēan control. When Thāras threatened to break from the Empire, risking civil war, Uremas was forced to marry Mikha's sister Naiōla to pacify the Thārasians by uniting the Houses of Aiathi and Mir.
Uremas died in 274, his 16-year-old son took the name Tēmekas II and ascended the throne. Tēmekas II was the first to study the model of Huyfarah and apply many of its methods to the ruling of an empire. In 275 he invaded Lasomo in response to a revolt there, culminating in the First Fall of Akeladada in 277. This made him popular at home, but rather less so in the Empire's newest province. Tēmekas II ruled 36 years and fathered numerous children.
Tēmekas III, eldest son of II, took the throne in 310 upon his father's death, but died later that year in a plague. He was succeeded by his brother Uremas II. Uremas II ruled another fifteen years.
Dates of accession:
House of Aiathi - House of Mir - House of Uremas
228 - Aiathi (approximate)
234 - Phanal
244 - Tēmekas I
253 - Mikha
257 - Uremas I
274 - Tēmekas II
310 - Tēmekas III
310 - Uremas II
Edited to correct spelling of Tēmekas
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