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Arsas Chroenas
Flag of Black Empire   Coat of Arms of Black Empire
State Motto "Vaxhsechwhoudh Aerrohengudl Lolmoghgudl Lenedchgudl Elchpengudl"
 • Hallish "Wide and far, to the ice, to the sands, to the salt, to the heavens"
State Anthem None
 • Anglis {{{nation_anthem_ingliz}}}
Where in the world is Black Empire?
Official language Voerses
Founding Date Circa 5000 rh
Demonym Arsasan
Government
 • Type
 • Woetapoetki

 
Unitary Absolute empire
Ezshkowhot XLV Ozparad

Capital Oshghatar
Administrative Divisions
Largest City Oshghatar
Area
 • Total
 • % water

 
28,578,314 km^2 km² (11,034,148.72 mi^2 sq mi)
 %

Population
 • Total
 • Growth Rate
 • Density

 
29,124,371
5.2%
1.6 per km^2/km² (TBC/sq mi)

GDP
 • Total
 • GDP/capita
 • Growth Rate

 
376.32 OCH
10,960,083,294.72 OCH
6%%

Currency

Ochse OCH ()

Time Zones yourinfo
(AMT )
Trigraph ARC


Arsas is a country on the continent of Davai.

Contents

Etymology

History

Pre-civilization era

Before the Arsas Empire came to exist the vast region of central Davai was home to many peoples inhabiting sparsely populated territories, the hostile climate prevented for a long time the formation of true civilization. Throughout the Esgeran basin and its mostly arid surrounding region only migratory pastoral peoples lived, the ancient pastoral people of Esgeran where the ancestors of the Ouzko, they roamed in search of hardy grasses and brush to feed their herds of goats and occasionally hunted wild game. The southern region of Workshpet was hospitable enough to host to allow sedentary pre-Ouzko to forage trees and wild grains, the Adlutpoesh ibex was a staple of the regions tribe and its likeness can be found carved in caves through the region.

Proto-Dali came to the region from northern Tharna, most likely from Abakham as they are related to the Kalalal in art and physiology and settled in the mountainous region now known as Lakhanozar. Proto-Dali peoples were hunter-gatherers but there is evidence of early farming and are known to have been skilled potters, Proto-Dali potters favoured a stippled decorative style they created using sticks and fingers. Proto-dali are thought to have followed an early belief system centred on “the bringer of lightning”, from representations found in pottery shards the deity was said to inhabit the high peaks of the region.

Bahexnel was home to the Proto-Bao who originated from a much older culture related to the ancestors of the Proto-Ouzko. This culture made leaf and branches shelters in forest clearings and relief on deer and fish as a source of food. This culture did not have pottery but are known to have created containers out of tree bark sheets and scholars have found these type of containers and tree bark string in peat layers across the region. Not much is known about the belief system of the Proto-Bao.

The Arkal coast was home to Proto-Kalalal, Proto-Tahana and Proto-Aldsay in the far north, these peoples are known to have been in conflict constantly as they most likely competed over resources. The Proto-Aldsay disappeared early and the Proto-Tahana and Proto-Kalal gave way to the Proto-Arkal, the Proto-Arkal congregated in small settlements near the coast and developed a culture dependent on fishing. Proto-Arkal had a belief system based on the “mother from the sea”, figures of half woman and half fish or octopus has been found in ancient stone mounds and caves.

In the frigid north, the Luora survived solely from hunting the megafauna that once inhabited the impenetrable northern forests and tundra, the climate during this era was much colder and harsher than it is today and made foraging near impossible. The conditions kept Luora population very low and from remains; it is estimated that less than a thousand may have lived across the region; they created hollows in the permafrost or lived deep in caves to escape the harsh weather. The conditions and low population hampered development, besides using untailored animal pelts as clothing they had no other technology besides rough stones, they relied heavily on their own physical attributes and brute strength to survive. The Luora of this time had long ago separated from the Wolgos and were developing their current large physiology, despite the harshness of the environment increasingly larger Luoran remains are found in younger excavation layers. The ancient Luoran belief system was a progenitor to the modern system and had a central male progenitor figure, the system is also related to the Wolgos belief system.

Pre-empire era

Shkopolaesh in Luoran or Zokokolaai in Ouzko was the last and best known Ouzko civilization, the civilization was centred on the Oshnata river and a primary city named Tozkoiol, ancient Tozkoiol is the precursor city to modern day Oshghatar. Ancient Zokokolaai was a loose association of autonomous city-states connected more by culture rather than a political hierarchy, a prince and priesthood ruled each city. Zokokolaai benefited from its predecessor’s domestication of opium and had established a pre-opium road trade network that brought ideas and new technology that allowed the city-states to build great works of masonry and to make their harsh environments bloom with fruit and cereals. From Ancient Atailitun from the Khalalil subcontinent, the Ouzko learned to sculpt great monoliths out of stone outcrops and used that knowledge to develop the progenitor cooling system of the system used in current Arsasan cities to purify and reuse waste wasters. To the south of the Zokokolaai heartland, the Ouzko developed villages in Uloiotzo, now known as Workshpet, these villages ruled by lords developed a horticultural tradition and domesticated many fruits and crops that energised the development of ancient Ouzko culinary tradition.     

The Dali and Bao had a multitude of contemporary tribes and states whose influence was minor and fluctuating, most Bao and Dali states were small and with limited reach. The Bao during this period domesticated Davai Bison and breed the modern Espoeszsh bison, with their domestication of bison they developed a tradition of making cheese and milk products like yoghurt and cream. The Bao thinned the regions extensive forests and created the now iconic patchwork of fields and woods that characterises modern Bao lands. The Dali during this developed the now iconic Arsasan Eshrekgo spirit they often used as one of the first regional currencies, the Dali further developed Opium poppy farming.

In the pre-Arsas empire era, the Luoran north had warmed and become more hospitable, Luoran population grew and develop technology like crafting bones into hooks, spears, decorations and developed sophisticated tools like bows with arrows, flint daggers and tailored clothing. Luoran from this period had already developed a clan structure system, Clans often specialised in a craft and traded with other clans. Their economy was entirely based in barter and had established long trade routes stretching from the Komkanoan tundra to the Heyrandian shield mountains, in the north meat, bone and furs were gathered and traded for wood, herbs, dyes and stone tools with the mountain Luora clans. From this time stories of encounters with humans emerge, the Dali were the first to encounter them but were able to establish a cordial relationship. The Dali speak of giants that lurked in the shadows that could kill with a look from a great distance or of beastly men of great strength that savaged anyone they encountered. From the stories that the Dali and other peoples constructed, it is known that the Luora were fiercely territorial and did not see humans and fellow men, for most peoples in Central Davai the north was forbidden. Stories and remains tell that the Luora were great archers who favoured stealth and stalking against human interlopers, from excavations and oral tradition it is also known that the Luora engaged in opportunistic cannibalism of human prey.

The Waswress renaissance

In 6362 the eruption of the now dormant Oessnoenss volcano in the Shenfur wall caused havoc in Central Davai, the large mountain chains framing Central Davai mostly contained the large volume of ash and exacerbated the devastation caused by cooling temperatures in the region. The Esgaran basin was said to have suffered from raining ash that turned rivers into torrential mud and killed all crops, the Zokokolaai civilization quickly collapsed and lost all unity, the cities suffered from famine and revolts. The Bao and Dali hands suffered failed harvests for years as the cooling temperature affected rainfall and they abandoned many villages entirely because of famine. Luorans suffered too and their trade networks were severely disrupted, game moved southwards and the Luoran quickly faced hunger because of their much greater food quantity needs. The Luorans migrated south following their migrating game and soon encountered the Dali who had abandoned their villages and had returned to hunting and gathering. The Dali enjoyed the game migrating south but soon entered into conflict with the Luoran over the same source of food; the Luora were stronger and better hunters and prevailed over the scattered Dali, the Dali also served as game for the Luora and terror prevailed as told by the few written records from the period.   During the invasion of the old Dali lands the mythical figure of Loetkewproes arose, Loetkewproes is said to have been a seasoned hunter and warrior of the Ozparad clan which has since ruled the Luora. Loetkewproes rose to prominence during the conquest of Central Davai after the conquest of Taitili, now called Torrevash, the city was a small fortified town during the era and capital of a prominent Dali state. The Legend of Loetkewproes tells that he retired to the top of a hill overlooking Taitili with a Dali woman he had captured and under a mantle of dazzling lights sacrificed the woman to Shegewk, as blood drained from the slain Dali the mantle of stars turned black despite the clear night and bathed the land in darkness. Loetkewproes and three men feasted on the sacrifice and painted their naked bodies with the sanctified blood, the blood made them impervious to even their own flint blades and as agile as a stag. With the blessing of Shegewk and under the cover of the God-given darkness the naked and painted men scaled the walls of the town, as they moved within the city all fires and torches died and like a moving shadow slaughtered the entire town. Loetkewproes convened the clans, and they feasted on the town, the clan leaders in awe of his prowess and blessings bestowed on him declared their allegiance and pronounced him as the first Woetapoetki.  Under Loetkewproes and under his sons after his departure to the eternal darkness of Shegewk grew the clan’s numbers and waged wars against the Dali and then the Bao from who they learned to ride the huge mounts the Bao had breed for working their fields, the mighty and powerful Esgaran horse. They reaped, enslaved and settled strategic villages and towns from where they asserted their influence, sparing those who pledged their eternal service to Luoran warriors and riders.

The famine ravaged Zokokolaai cities had for years heard of the giant black-clad riders who devoured souls and when the Luora arrived, they engulfed their outlying settlements in terror. The Zokokolaai cities could not endure any further hardship and the cities united met the Luoran hordes in the  banks of the Golsekh river, not for war but to bend the knee to Shushekhoewg, the youngest and only surviving son of Loetkewproes Shushekhoewg accepted the surrender of the Ouzko city but branded them as eternal cowards and declared that their descendants would forever serve the Luora. Shushekhoewg spared the vast majority of Ouzko and took residence in Tozkoiol which he renamed Oshghatar in honour of his mother, Shushekhoewg usurped the Ouzko administration and oversaw the rebuilding of the city. When Shushekhoewg took over Oshghatar the city only had a tenth of the population, it once had under the old Ouzko civilization and had to be transformed from a famine-ravaged cemetery to the capital of a new empire.

The conquest of the Ouzko concluded an era that would later be referred to as the Waswress (hunger) renaissance, an era that saw the Luora transformed from mysterious hunters from the northern wastes to the overlords of a myriad of peoples. When Shushekhoewg died, he left a fragile but unified empire, the empire would see much hardship, secession, treachery and civil war but under the leadership of his clan the empire slowly solidified its dominion over Central Davai. The empire would later become known after the colour of the cloaks the warriors wore, the Black empire, Arsas.

Conquest of Daobai and the Western gate

Construction of the Eastern gate

Adlpeshenodk and the great road

Settlement of Meng

The Iskhosyan city states

Formation of the Eghorwœkmok

Ezshkowhot reformation

Geography

Topography

Climate

Government

Imperial level government

Structure of the Arsas government at imperial level

Regional government

Rights

Main topic Agohœvluora

Rights in the empire are viewed from a Luoran perspective and can result in restrictions on non-Luorans. The Agohœvluora, Luoran high rights, is an essential body of laws that bestow privileges on the Luora and is a critical tool in maintaining Luoran hegemony and encouraging the colonisation of the empire. These laws forbid non Luoran peasants from performing certain activities, the restricted activities are usually of economic importance and of added value which forces non-Luorans to rely on Luoran services to meet their needs. The Agohœvluora Also restrict the opportunities and accumulation of assets by wealthy non-Luoran and moderates their aspirations within Luoran society.

The Agohœvluora contain duties and restrictions on the Luora referred to as the Agohœshvoe, the Outsider rights, the Agohœshvoe prevents the Luora from operating with impunity. These laws are designed to bestow the benevolence of Luoran hegemony, for example, non-Luora have the right to a peaceful, lawful life, the right to free famine and drought relief and to be protected from arbitrary punishment.

Economy

Commerce

Trade is by far the Empires main weapon against its rivals in the global stage, Anaria is not an imminent threat to the empire due to geographical considerations unlike Yan and Kamura. As such the empire is eagerly dealing with Anarian powers to advance its own domestic industry and development along with a large-scale expansion project of the great opium road. Kamura is the most developed adversary who also claims to match Anarian goods despite not being able to produce goods as advanced, even so it is an industrial powerhouse which the empire seeks to undercut by saturating their target markets with superior Anarian goods. Arsas already profits from transit fees of Anarian goods all while protecting its internal markets by zealously regulating their sale internally, With the completion of the Opium railway a much greater quantity of Anarian goods will transit to west Davai. Yan is an even more imminent threat to the empire and Arsas is using its opium arm to engender instability in Yan.

The empire will only pursue hostile merchant strategies while rivals pose a threat, but in the long term the empire has aspirations of being an industrial powerhouse itself and to control a market in west Davai beyond the sale of opium.

Great Opium Road

Industry

Arsasan companies

Transport in Arsas

Existing transport routes

Agriculture

Agriculture is one of the primary economic sectors of the empire, agriculture in the realm is remarkably different to that of Anarian nations due to the vast hash landscapes found throughout the empire. Each geographical region of the empire tailors their crops to suit their climate and landscape, an extensive network of roads allows regions to interchange produce and to supply the large cities around the Esgeran sea.

Regional products

The Esgeran desert region with its various rivers and their fertile banks specialise in producing wheat, barley, legumes and Solanaceae, Asteraceae and Cucurbitaceae vegetables. The dry scrublands and grasslands on the boundary of the desert are an important source of livestock such as cattle and goats. The Esgeran Sea despite being mostly devoid of water livestock it is the prime source of salt for the empire, salt that is used to cure and preserve produce throughout the empire and significantly facilitates the central authority of the Luora. The Esgeran Sea is a source of bird game which feeds on brine consuming flies.

Workshpet to the south of Esgaran is a temperate, dry mountain region with fertile glacier feed valleys, this region is the empires primary source of fruit like pomegranates, apricots, mulberries, nuts and to a minor extent grain. Major products of the region are honey, sunflower oil, dry fruits and saffron. The region is also renowned for its pomegranate wine and fruit liquors.

Daldeskgoel in many aspects is the breadbasket of the empire despite its unreliable rains, only through an extensive and continuously maintained aqueduct network does the region benefit from the glacier melts of the Nechersan mountains to the north. This region is a vast flat region where only glass grew, but over the centuries with the planting of tree and hedge boundaries it has been transformed, now this region produces cotton, grain, millet and most important of all opium poppy fields. Opium production in the area makes it one of the most protected of the empire, irrigation for the fields never fails, and its connection to the great opium road is assured. With the extensive production of millet and grasslands, the Daldeskgoel region is the prime source of livestock for the empire. Fowl, cattle and goat’s meat is exported to the rest of the empire alive in great caravans, dried or cured with salt. The region is renowned for its gourmet pemmican, jerky and bone stock.

The Nechersan mountains on their south face are dry and have slim fertile regions, agriculture in this area is mainly concerned with agave plants to produce strong spirits and fibre for rope and hardy textiles, gourds and melons are also grown but to a lesser extent. Eshrekgo spirit is the regions most prominent product, the spirit has a high alcoholic content and a distinctive taste enjoyed across the empire.

Kewseonedl is highly unproductive, the region is a vast massif of high peaks the size of Amberia cut by sharp steep valleys and canyons with torrential rivers. Only the foot of the mountain neighbouring Esgeran is suitable for agriculture, an area that produces apricots and plums in small quantities. Lakhanozar to the north has a better topography and produces tubers, legumes and tobacco, Yan who have been resettled as tobacco plantation workers have developed a regional pork industry which has been well received by the Luoran.

Bahexnel, being the most temperate it is home to vast deciduous forests where forest fruits like mushrooms are produced, farmlands are exclusively dedicated to potato farming. Bahexnel has the warmest western coast of the empire, and as such has an extensive ocean fishing and whaling industry, fish and whale meat is either salted or pickled for transport south, edible kelp is also farmed on the westernmost coast. The region's rivers host numerous river fish and shellfish farms for local and empire-wide consumption.

Oeprexloura and Whowdloura are the warmest of the ancestral homelands, their once impenetrable taiga in many areas has given way to dairy farms that produce vast quantities of butter, cheese and condensed milk. Due to their remoteness, it is not possible to transport fresh milk to the core of the empire, the region instead produces both sweetened and unsweetened condensed milk. Condensed milk is packaged in barrels and carried south via the Heotudl and Skela rivers on barges. Fur and fishing are also prominent industries. Whowdloura is a producer of game meat & potatoes. Oehtehloura is an ancestral land of the luora, a highly hilly and mountainous larger than Aedeland, this region despite being the reason why the Luora survived human expansion is one of the harshest of the empire with cold, short summers and snowy winters. The area only produces game that feeds travellers and way stations on the vital summer road between Esgaran and Aridey, the penitence road. Athsoeloura to the north is colder and a perpetual tundra, its flatness and vastness have made it into a crucial source of deer meat, jerky and antlers.

On the Eastern gate regions of the empire, Meng, Iskhosya and Aridey the main agricultural products are fish, bivalves, mutton, olive oil and potatoes. Iskhosya is known for producing olive oil while Meng is better known for dates and Aridey for producing potatoes. The small region of Dosh just outside the Western gate is culturally different to the core of the empire and produces mostly rice and pork as its main agricultural products.

Food security

Arsas despite its vastness range of agricultural products it does not have a constant and reliable rainfall in many areas while in other areas like the ancestral homelands and Bahaxenel torrential rain and snows are frequent and unpredictable. Throughout the empire, the landscape is harsh and hostile which conjunction with the empires weather can result in regional crop failure and fluctuations in food variety.

The empires climate and topography allow the empire to use food security to assert its control and influence, the realm uses its road system and an extensive network of storage facilities to create a famine prevention network that will supply basic food to the poor and hungry in affected regions. The benevolence of the state and trust in its paternalism assures the Luora hegemony over the ethnic patchwork that makes up the empire.

Luoran paternalism and the inertia of long-established relief networks have prevented severe famine and unrest. The empires vastness and low population density in combination with a robust agricultural focus have made it into a net exporter of food. Despite exporting food the empire imports vast quantities of food not available in the empire, such as rise, coffee, chocolate, wine, maize and preserved produce such as apples, grapes and many more.


Demographics

Population

Ethnic groups

The empire is home to multiple ethnic groups that can be divided into five distinct ethnic groups, the most politically and economically dominant group are the Luora who are not an actual ethnic group but a subspecies that is part of the proto-yaemic human subspecies. The other groups are the Arkal, Dali, Ouzko and Bao, these groups were conquered centuries ago and are well-integrated subjects of the empire. The empires coast with the Sinean sea is home to many other ethnic groups that have settled as merchants or refugees, the Wolgos being one of the most notorious due to their close biological relation to the Luora.

Despite the Luora hegemony over the empire, all other ethnic groups enjoy the benefits of the empire albeit as second-class citizens. The Bao and Dali are traditionally farmers of opium and enjoy the graces that the Luora lavished on them out of gratitude, the Bao and Dali have order and peace assured by the Luora but must still bear the burdens of a pastoral existence in the harshness of the Black Basin. The Ouzko people are the ancient inhabitants of the empires great desert, they traditionally tend the empire hydrological infrastructure, they also make part of the urban population of the empire where they work as labourers but can also be found working closely with Luoran artisans and craftsmen. The Arkal are the most autonomous subject people of the empire, they follow the Izha faith, practice substantially different traditions to that of the Luora and even build in different styles. Arkal nobles still retain palpable influence within their lands and are tolerated as long as they remain loyal and facilitate trade through the Arkal ports.

Many other foreign peoples live in the Arkal cities, and along the great opium road, immigrants and merchants from Anaria and Tharna come in search of riches. The Wolgos came as refugees and number no more than ninety thousand and are one of the very few new additions to the empire permitted to travel beyond the great opium road. The Wolgos have been responsible for accelerating the pace of industrialisation of the empire and in instigating great projects such as hydroelectric dams and the first railways in the realm.

Religion

Main topic Shaghozedhl

Health and education

Society

Culture

Art

Architecture

Cuisine

Main section Arsasan Cuisine

Luoran cuisine is the cuisine of the Arsas empire and encompasses a huge number of influences from across the empire, the region that defines Luoran and imperial cuisine is what can be found in the melting pot of the city of Oshghatar.

Music

Newspapers

Main section Newspapers of Arsas

Military

Main topic Enzrerashvahre

Arsas due to its vastness and large population is able to mobilise a large military force, its active military force is exclusively Luora, but the empire does conscript loyal humans into its troops for special units. The Luoran army is called the Enzrerashvahre, The great Thundering horde, the force operated at a horde level equivalent to armies. Each horde is responsible for the defence of a region and operates together for offensive operations.

The military of the empire is primarily land-based and largely dependent on its cavalry, traditionally they have used mace, hammer or lance armed cavalrymen for close engagements and horse-mounted archers. Longbowmen using 200lb draw weight bows and armour piercing arrows were a standard unit in fortifications and battles, longbows for a long time were preferred over muskets due to a higher rate of fire.

At present ground forces still, carry bows as a secondary weapon but are equipped with the Irhroulpdhom bolt action rifle, a copy of the Aedelish Sigr M7580 but with modifications for the Luoran built. The Irhrazlvoesh employed by shock troops is a modified version of the Aedelish Sigr M7579, the Irhrazlvoesh can be carried over the shoulder by a luoran and held with two hands from the fire to fire. At present modern weapons are produced at a expanding weapons industry is in Kewseonedl to make use of the regions iron, coal and a recently constructed hydroelectric dam. Contracted Anarian engineers are already working with Luoran engineers trained by Fisk partners to develop more suitable armament for the Luora.

No armour is employed at present by the empire due to the high mobility required by its military and as the Luora cannot operate or fit in foreign armour. The imperial skunkworks in Kewseonedl are still under construction, and it is expected that a suitable armour will be developed, it will be years before a suitable armour for the empire's needs is developed. Once the skunkworks is completed the development of a native airship will be a priority. Currently, the realm operates a development fleet of twenty airships purchased from Vitmark. Recently discovered oil deposits will allow trucks to be employed soon, at present all oil deposits are earmarked for the use of the military.

The navy of the empire is small and large relegated to commerce protection, as the navy was regarded as largely unimportant it is completely crewed by Arkal and employ Sailing frigates. In reality, the Navy did not exist until the end of the Pan-anarian war, and all Arkal vessels were the property of Arkal lords and merchants, after the war the ships and their crews were pressed into the empires newly formed Navy. The plight of the Wolgos refugees has increased the empire's interest in its navy and a year-round naval port and drydock has started construction in Toshvaradh, groundwork for a minor summer port in Murkthever has also started. The empires modern navy construction is being contracted to Anarian nations as the dry docks is yet to be completed, the naval design facilities are not yet constructed, and Naval designers and engineers are still being trained. A fully functional and domestic navy will require more Loura to relocate to the Sinean coast as the empire is unwilling to employ Arkal sailors and officers for its planned modern navy. A railway in its early stages of construction from Kewseonedl to Esgaran and to Iskhosya will need to be completed to supply the new drydock with steel and coal from Kewseonedl.

   Arsas   
General Mass media in Arsas, Clans of Arsas
History of Arsas xxxx
Culture & Society

Languages: Voerses
Religion: Shaghozedhl
Ethnicities of Arsas: Luora, Bao, Dali, Ouzko, Arkal, Yan
Other: Economy of Arsas, Opium, Arsasan hedonism, Products of Arsas, Arsasan Cuisine

Government

Woetapoetki: Ezshkowhot XLV
Imperial government: Inner Council - Arsas, Eghorwœkmok, Leznodhver, Emperors Administration - Arsas, Regional governments - Arsas
Ministries: Shehtinxadusogr, Ovldegwusogr, Shenmirgedusogr, Hutevsedvruk, Oltvelepekhdltonusogr, kɘvxvehlusogr, Vruponekhusogr
Other: Shœxawœpekusogr, Ponœlstewœtapœkusogr, Other ministries of Arsas

Forces of Arsas

Military: Enzrerashvahre, Indœshwoetapoetki, Indœshœstezwedszodm, Indœshxegedv
Other: Pœnœketonœmkniv

Prominent People tbc
Geography

Features: xxxx
Regions: Esgeran, Kewseonedl, Workshpet, Daldeskgoel, Ancestral Homelands, Bahexnel, Sinian coast
Cities: Oshghatar (capital city), Poshshelgedh, Talwakudh, Kush-Azl, Torrevash, Toshvaradh, Tarrokodh, Enthverthe,
Xohash, Ivdosh, Murkthever Sites of Interest: Western gate, Eastern gate, Esgeran sea

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