King Samo’s Empire or Samo’s Realm
(King) Samo’s Empire or Samo’s Realm was the first know Slavic state established by a Frankish merchant named Samo in present-day Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, Lower Austria and Carinthia in 626. King Samo’s Empire evolved into a powerful kingdom which successfully withstood the attacks of the Avars on the east as well as the Franks on the west. However, the state collapsed after Samo’s death in 658 and most of its territory was captured by the Avars. The Slavs in today’s Carinthia retained their independence and established a principality known as Carantania.