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Supreme Izhaic Empire of Anat Tahan
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Anat Tahan (ənŏt tĕhän), also known as the Sole Empire of Izha (Tahani; Izha’i Imperia Singularuli / ეჟა სინგულარული იმპერია), or Favored Land of God (Maphurian; Ilah ya laya makan / እላ ልያ መካን), is a complex empire of disparate states, symbolically united in perpetual divine union under the Izhaic religion. The nation encompasses most of northern Tharna, as well as portions of Anaria and Davai. Its strategic location astride the Afti Straits, makes Anat Tahan a gateway between the Ovestan and Sinnian Seas, as well as between Anaria and places west.

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Etymology

The word Anat stems from the Old Maphurian word makanat, meaning great (in the eyes of god).

Tahan comes from the Tahani people, who trace their origins to the highlands of central Terotagyneka. They later expanding westward to settle around and took the name of es'Tahan, the sea between the Straits of Afti. Es'Tahan is ancient Kedan, and means great convergence.

The first preserved mention of the name Maphuria is in the Biblio Diplomatiko tis Aftokratoria, a political geographic handbook written by the Parnathian emperor Talthybios IV in 5366. It described the Maphur as a “curious yet fertile civilization which lies between two great rivers at the heart of the continent... inhabited by a handsome, dark-skinned people of strange garb and bizarre ritual.”

History

Pre-history and antiquity

Pre-imperial Maphuria

Pre-imperial Tahan

Consolidation

Apex & War of the Medio

The empire reached its greatest territorial extent to date in 7438, just prior to the outbreak of the War of the Medio. An intense power struggle had been festering between the Tahan monarchy and the Monastic High Council in southern Maphuria, which had perpetual hopes of unifying the the entire empire under Maphurian based religious rule. When the Tahan Emperor sent forces eastward to protect its western Anarian holdings from conflict, the religious order seized its chance to dispatch a large force to the capital, in a move to overthrow the Tahan monarchy. The Tahan army was recalled and managed route the Maphurian force thwarting the coup, but at great cost. The high-priestess was taken hostage, religious sites occupied, and the Monastic citadel in Nechouba besieged. Simultaneously, unrest due the war and to other converging factors including oppressive taxation, foreign intervention, and religious persecution resulted in the loss of most of Tahan Anaria to various nationalist movements and even neighboring states.

Inter-war period

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Anat Tahan takes a "manifest destiny" view of northern Tharna and still nurses some latent dreams of recovering its lost lands in western Anaria, though many consider any non-diplomatic pursuit of the latter to be counterproductive. This reflects a shift in stance on territorial expansionism toward northern Tharna and the Abakhan basin. There are however rumors that a colonial venture is in the works to compete with Anarian nations in eastern markets.

The government has complex diplomatic ties at various levels with the ever transforming tribal empires of inner Tharna, which it often uses to orchestrate scenarios to benefit the expansion of church operations (proselytizing) and provide an opportunity to secure areas of strategic interest for trade and resources.

Other defensive concerns are; containment of their historic arch-rival, Hayrand, fending off Anarian colonial aspirations in Tharna, and containing guerilla-type resistance movements in the northwest and tribal politics in the south.

Syndikati

The Sindikati is an expansive trade guild which operates a powerful array of special land, air and naval forces. It often advises the emperor on economic matters and sometimes plays a mediative role between Religion and State. Profit is a primary driver of the organization, which controls the movement and exploitation of Anat Tahan's natural resources and luxuries, plus the trade routes between the Phasian Basin and Central Davai.

Originally established as the Syndicate Toward Societal Order and Unity, its original purpose was to assist in governing Imperial Anarian possessions, since then it has grown immensely in power, building and maintaining forts and settlements in frontier areas or areas designated under its jurisdiction, it levees taxes as well as recruits forces from indigenous inhabitants. It has a wide variety of military capabilities, but is very specialized for its purposes.

Governance

The government of the Syndikati is made up of the House of Nobles, which consists of the patriarch from each of the 5 hereditary Principalities. These titles were riginally granted by the emperor. Each Principality also houses a monastery to dispatch missionaries and assist in civil administration. The other branch of government is the meritocratic Kabineti (cabinet) of between 15 and 21 members, promoting from within as often as not, and will vote to hire prominent thinkers, strategists, and economic geniuses, often from Anaria. There is also the advisory Council of Investors, made up of a representative from each of the 21 most important individual investors from within the empire only.

Other divisions may include regional Intendancies, where indigenous nobles are allowed to rule under the authority of the empire, or Captaincies in newly exploited areas or frontiers where pacification has not yet been achieved. These combative holdings are organized hierarchically, and have direct ties to military officers for the purpose of coordination. Backed up by the Syndikati military, local lords may act as figureheads, who wield no real power but are enriched greatly beyond their prior positions. For more local control, it is also customary to invest power in indigenous 'police' to collect taxes, giving them a vested interest in the suppression of their own.

Syndikati is also sanctioned by the Empire with the ability to form corporations, and wage war on petty or unrecognized states or tribes.

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Religion

Izha, or more commonly the Izhaic religions, is a grouping of monotheistic religious systems whose followers submit to wrathful and all mighty god who must be pleased and appeased through rituals and by strictly following his law as written in the sacred texts, they believe that unless their god is keep content he will freely punish them. This faith is expansive and their followers are commanded by doctrine to bring into the fold new followers peacefully and/or forcefully from heathen beliefs, and that only by accepting Izha as their faith will they be able to achieve transcendence in life and after death in paradise. Its followers also belief all heathen and sinners will perish into some sort of hell after death.

In Anat Tahan it is generally seen to be divided into two primary sects; Kökenleri (meaning ), predominates in the south and west and is considered the more orthodox sect. Kökenleri Izhaics do not believe other gods exist at all. Alí̱theia, (meaning truth) is the primary eastern sect and is slightly more tolerant to outsiders. It is seen as a necessary evil by the mother church to act as a virtual buffer to Orkanan as well as a more approachable 'gateway' sect for incoming converts. While Izhaic doctrine states that there is only one god, the Alí̱theians generally believe that other deities may exist, but are merely underlings to Ilah, the one true god.

Traditionally the ecclesia controls and allots the majority of the prime agricultural lands. This control is most marked in the southwestern parts of the empire or rural areas where advanced large scale farming has been fiercely resisted, even demonized, due to its perceived potential threat to theocratic power. The ability to make or break fortunes in addition to the centuries-old practice of rewards based on piety and service, has created a complex yet staunch power base for the church. This has effectively given it the ability to coerce even the nation's most powerful personalities and institutions.

The architecture of temples can vary from large raised complexes or ziggurats in major religious centers of Maphuria, to large, domed, ocular rotundas in Tahan. The latter which were popularized in the by emperor XXX, and possibly inspired by the ancient dome of Auresia. Small temples can even be a simple circular enclosure with the common theme being a raised altar on a dais or mound. It is upon this altar that an offering is made during such activities as weddings, festivals or extraordinary situations such as a coronation, astronomical event, prior to a battle, or in response to natural disaster. The nature of offerings varies greatly by region and occasion with perhaps the most infamous being the "Festival of the Renewal" at the Tireal Minimum where an honorary child is chosen to represent the rebirth of Ilah, through a live public gilding performed by the high-priestess. Alir (the sun) and all fire is the representative symbol of the one true god, Ilah or "The Lifelight." This is not the literal embodiment as in Anuric, which is thought to be a primitive and incorrect understanding of the true faith. Anur sects possibly suffer the most severe persecution in the empire due perceptions that it is a stubbornly blind, and a blasphemous affront that threatens to dishonor and grotesquely simplify the great mysteries of the true religion.

Monastic High Council

The Manfas Betaba (spirit fathers) or Monastic High Council, is a furtive group of elite monks. Considered the second most powerful entity in the empire, they are the keepers of the song of the sun, the Ilah’taqana. This is the sole authentic Izhaic text, of which there may never exist more than one copy. Extremely ancient, it is inscribed upon the walls of the labyrinths near Neouchba and is said to stretch for hundreds of kilometers. As sole interpreters of scripture, members of the council advise the Emperor (by proxy) on religious matters and are responsible for the selection of the Sun Mother and Moon Daughter from a pool of eligible high priestesses. They also have the pleasure of choosing the tahadsa-mati (giftchild) offering during the the käf-malät (rising) or renewal festival for the appeasement of Tir. The Council’s official jurisdiction includes all Izhaic peoples but is strongest within Maphuria and it’s sub-states. Tahan’s adherence to the council’s law can vary from region to region and municipalities often pick and choose or overlook non-adherence through bribes or favors. Other duties include issuance of public and religious decrees, and instructing the Sun Mother of her duties.

Deda Magha

The Deda Magha (Sun Mother) is the highest of all priestesses. She represents the mother of Ilah (Alir) which gives life to all of Gotha. She serves as a mouthpiece for the High Council. Most of her duties while high-profile are largely ceremonial though she holds immense de facto political power due to her perceived status as mother of god and legitimizer and symbolic wife of the Emperor. She keeps her court at the Great Ziggurat and massive temple complex at Nasra.

Akafawaba

The Akafawaba (Universal Father) is represented by the Emperor as the symbolic husband of the Deda Magha and father of Ilah (Alir).

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