Walia (Gotha Walja; lat Valia; mind at the end of 418...) - King of the Visigoths, the rules in the 415 - 418 years. Origin Valii unknown. In mid-September, 415, several pretenders to the throne, was elected king Walia ready. Apparently, enthroned Walia owed his anti-Roman sentiment. Jordan describes Valiyu as a person is very strict and prudent. Valii policy was sharply hostile against the Roman Empire. Orosius says Walia was elected by the Goths in order to disturb the peace of the Empire.
Walia passed the whole of Spain to the southern shores. King Walia like to move beyond the Visigoths, through the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa, apparently with the same aim, which was at Alaric in 410 - to give their people a peaceful country to live in. He has equipped the navy, but, once in a severe storm in the Strait of Gibraltar, and, mindful of the shipwrecks that occurred in the days of Alaric, decided not to tempt fate, and returned to Spain (end of 415). Then, perhaps, the main tribes separated first of those groups, which are then followed by vandals to Africa.
Walia found himself in a difficult situation due to lack of vital supplies. At this time against Valii made a considerable army commander Constantius Honorius. Honorius feared that Walia has not violated the union, once concluded with Athaulf, and, along with this, he wanted to release his sister Galla Placidia from the disgrace of submission barbarians condition with Constantius that if the war there, the world whether or by any means, as soon as can, it will return to his country, then he would give it to him in marriage. During the talks, Walia agreed to a treaty with Honorius and entered the Roman service. Isidore of Seville narrates: "He was elected by the Goths, to wage war, but divine providence sent to the world." Walia, in exchange for 600,000 kentinariev (t. E. Approx. 19,620 tons) of bread honorably restored the emperor`s sister Galla Placidia, gave noble hostages and promised the emperor to put troops on the side of the Roman state (spring 416). The resulting bread would be enough to feed 15-20 000 soldiers along with their families throughout the year.
Becoming a Roman general, Walia for two years successfully fought with Spain settled in the Germanic tribes - Vandals, Alans and Suevi. He defeated in the battle and destroyed the Vandals Siling in Baetica, and the king Siling Fridubald was captured and sent to the emperor. And Alan, who ruled the Vandals and Suevi, he destroyed so thoroughly that when their king Ataxx was killed a few survivors, obeyed the king of the Vandals from Galicia Gunderihu and Suevi were relegated in Galicia (416 - 417 years.). Valii daughter was married to a representative svevskoy nobility and perhaps it saved from complete defeat of the Swabians. Vandals-asdingitozhe were spared though they were eternal enemies ready. The commander Constantius gave Valii finish the year 418, the campaign in Spain, and then, apparently fearing the excessive strengthening ready, "withdrew" ready back to Gaul.
As of recognition, the Emperor averted Gothic federates the Garonne valley "from Toulouse to Bordeaux" and, in addition, identified the Atlantic coast of the Landes and the foothills of the Pyrenees in the south to the north of the Loire itself. The area is ready to cover the settlement urban districts across the province Lower Aquitaine, as well as some city districts neighboring provinces - Novenpopulany Narbonese and I, which included, above all, Toulouse. But from the Mediterranean Sea Goths were cut off. True Aquitaine and Novempopulana considered richer areas than Gallic "brand." Here Walia founded the first Visigoth kingdom, received, on the main city of Toulouse, the name "Toulouse" (418).
The settlement of the Visigoths was conducted in accordance with the law providing that aliens should move away part of the property of former population. The Visigoths were possessed, not a closed area, where it would be expelled the indigenous population, but settled side by side with the Romans; provincials only part of their possessions had to sacrifice. And yet, though the Roman laws prescribed transfer one-third of land, received two-thirds of the Visigoths. How this happened is not known. The assignment of two-thirds of the arable land, at first glance, seems excessively stringent condition, but should take into account the fact that due to the barbarian invasions extensive areas with 407 remained untreated and did not bring any income to their owners. Moreover, apparently the Romans were given the right to choose what your portion, so that they have left in their most valuable land. Moreover, they kept in their power to two-thirds of non-free population. Due to lack of manpower that was extremely favorable for the Romans decision. Meadows and forests used by the Visigoths and Romans together; later there was a section in which they were divided in half between the two owners.
The fact that the division of the land is in no way led to the impoverishment of the Romans, supported by the fact that after 418, the rich senators lived in Visigoth region; should be, they have kept a significant part of their land holdings. Gallic part of the Visigothic kingdom was not affected by the unrest. Many fled the Romans to the Visigoths or Bacaudae to escape from under the yoke of taxes. The Romans, who lived in the Visigothic lands, According to the source, prayed to never again find himself under the authority of the emperor. The number of the Visigoths in Gaul for resettlement is estimated at approximately 100 000 people.
Walia rules 3 years and died of illness at the end of 418,