An economic downturn would be one way to describe it…. Rebel elements would describe it more as a dark age.
After 200 years of slowed economic growth and an increase in outside aggression The King has seen fit to institute austerity measures. Having called His Councillors, The royal army is being raised to consolidate power, secure the realm, expel His enemies, and restore order. Enlightenment is on the way and Melcorum is being dragged into the future!