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During the first seven years of his reign, two sovereigns shared with Andrianampoinimerina – who sat in Ambohimanga- Imerina. These are Andrianamboatsimarofy in Antananarivo (territory of Imerinatsimo) and Ramanandrianjaka in Ambohidratrimo.
According to oral tradition, one day the three sovereigns decided to pass a pact of non-aggression and good neighborliness. They meet at Ambatobe and the agreement is sealed by the sacrifice of an ox doubled with a shot. In addition to mutual respect for sovereignty, each king undertakes to assist the one whose kingdom is besieged by an enemy.
Later, continues the oral tradition, Andrianampoinimerina marries his cousin, the princess Rambolamasoandro, become queen of Ambohidratrimo. She will give him her
Heir to the throne, Laidama. This marriage is, like the others, contracted by the monarch to seal the political union of his subjects, the Tsimahafotsy, and those of his wives, here the Marovatana.
On the other hand, against his neighbor to the south, the king of Ambohimanga already makes of Ambohitrarahaba a military outpost that has the eye on the territory of Andrianamboatsimarofy. Ambohitrarahaba- “congratulation hill” – derives its name from the exploit accomplished by the men that Andrianampoinimerina posts there. When the battle between the two kingdoms is engaged, tells the oral tradition, they fought so well against those of the king of Antananarivo that they push them far back inside Imerinatsimo.
After this battle, the two sovereigns decide once again to meet, but this time in Nanisana. The aim is to reconcile and strengthen their collaboration. But as each mistrusts the other, Andrianamboatsimarofy installs his men in Ankadindramamy and Andrianampoinimerina places his own in Analamahitsy, at a more or less equal distance from their place of rendezvous.
The new agreement is concretized by a double union: Andrianampoinimerina will marry Ravaonimerina, daughter of the king of Imerinatsimo, and the latter will inherit from Ralesoka, sister of the king of Ambohimanga. The agreement says that “if Ramatoa Ralesoka does not become the wife of Andrianamboatsimarofy, Ambohimanga will return to the ground of the rice-growing seedlings of Antananarivo. And if Dame Ravaonimerina does not become the wife of Andrianampoinimerina, Antananarivo will again become the nursery of Ambohimanga. “
Another time, continues the oral tradition, Andrianampoinimerina invites its illustrious
Neighbor to a feast that he organizes in Nanisana. And while his “Tsindranolahy” (Hova’s category serving the sovereign or princes) killed the zebu and prepared him, he went to Andranobevava “to amuse himself.” Meanwhile the king of Antananarivo arrives at Nanisana and, tired of waiting, asks to taste the meat. He is presented with a “havitra” (pointed iron used to stir up the fire or to roast the meat) and pricks a piece but does not succeed. He turns it over and uses the curved part and there he takes a piece. And to think before concluding: “The law gets nothing, the fault obtains everything. And he went away without waiting for his host.
When the latter returns from his walk, a little embarrassed to have made false leap
To his guest, it seems, his men tell him everything. And there, it is said, in his joy he began to dance, crying: “The kingdom of God has blessed me for me, for in Andrianamboatsimarofy the right which obtains nothing, the wrongdoer obtaining everything. And it is the rupture without hope of reconciliation, it is said.
However, the war between the two kingdoms does not declare itself immediately, even if Andrianampoinimerina prepares in its own way. He is said to contact seven cousins, the Sages of Tantaha, Andrianarabo, Andriantsoanandriana, Andriankotonavalona, ​​Andriantsimandeharery, Andriamahery, Andriamparany and Andriandambovolony. They refuse to meet him, although they are his parents, because “we are not yours, we are still the people of Andrianamboatsimarofy”.
Nevertheless, the king of Ambohimanga is not satisfied with a mere refusal. He sends them as many messengers as they need until they agree to come to Ambohimanga where, in spite of the late hour, they are immediately received by the king. Still according to oral tradition, at the request of the latter, the Seven Sages would have promised to join him as soon as he tackles Antananarivo. As a reward, Andrianampoinimerina offers them a large sum of money to “buy” some “Loholona” and soldiers “Tantsaha”, as well as many valuable gifts.
When he attacks the Hill of the Thousand, the seven sages and their allies abstain from participating in the battle. However, the city does not surrender as easily as they think. After this victory, the united king of Imerina sends them to the conquest of other countries, especially the Betsileo.

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