Scavland

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Scavland (pron.: / -- / SKAAF-LAND, Scavic: Malla), also the Scavic Peninsula, is a socio-geographic region under the rule of the Errean Nexus. The Peninsula is hemmed between the seas of -- and --. It shares land borders with Istania and Incea at the southern land bridge, while marine borders with Amberia in the north. The Scavs, one of the Cheltai groups, are the native ethnic group of Scavland that speak Vaixellan of Scavic variety with Amberian influences. Scavland has been an independent monarchic state for most of its history until it was annexed by Auresia in the beginning of the Pan-Anarian War and then the Errean Nexus to date. Economically, the Scavic region contains one of the most developed cell territories in the Errean Nexus, due to its strategic location at the Madhestör Channel.

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Etymology

Scavland is an exonym, a named used by Hallishmen. Scavgardi would be the archaic early Iron Age name used only in Scavic literature today, denoting its Equitae-Ambessi mixed heritage. Malla is the name used by native Scavs to call their own country, and the people actually call themselves Mallos and Mallas, male (and plural) and female respectively.

History

Nearing the rule of the Nexist regime, Scavland was a newly unified kingdom of Vaixellan duchies and Orkanan parishes of 150 years. Ferdinand the first king of Scavland is today celebrated as a revene along with Valia the father of Scavs. Ferdinand was a monarch from a native ducal house. His ancestors married a great number of Scavic princes so much so that he subsequently became the sole heir of these Scavic duchies. Ferdinand ruled over foreign and military matters while he only reigned over the country. The duchies and Orkanan parishes retained much autonomy through their parliaments and popular councils.

Geography

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Culture

Scavs consider the Principat to be their holy scripture and basically subscribes to its fundamental tenets. They recognized the Istanian name for the sea-goddess ie. Istalia, though due to early syncretism with a pre-existing local sea-goddess, the Istanian name is hardly used. Instead she is called by a more affectionate name, Mamamare, literally Sea-mother. Early Pre-Sadarene Scavic culture might have higher respect for women in comparison with the ancient Errean practices, but due to their proximity and syncretism with Orkanan, patriarchy is the rule of the day, although property rights for widows are retained and still celebrated as a distinctive Scavic cultural denominator in distinction against her Orkanan neighbors, and even Istania.

The concept of monotheism from historical Orkanan-rule has inevitably seeped into the socio-religious psychology of the Scavic people. While respecting the existence of the three other cardinal divinities of Sadarisnism, Mamamare is elevated into the position of the source of the gods' powers, and Istalia is considered to be Mamamare's reincarnation as one of the 4 cardinal deities, so that she might be understood and become approachable. In national pride and animosity with Istania, the Erecondines of Scavland consider themselves to be nearer to the truth and thus worshipped the sea-goddess as Mamamare. This emanationist idea of Scavic Erecondine religion effectively divides Scavland from Istania since the end of the Vaixellan War of Religions. The other cardinal deities and spirits have been relegated into the fringe of official worship.

Revenes are holy people who were born in the planes of the heavens; some are historical, while others are legendary. Valia, the founder of Scavic people is considered to be such a revenue, still living in the heavens with the deities watching over the security and prosperity of the nation.

Aldares are Scavic houses of worship as they are called the same in Istania. In Scavland, they were mainly built through the fundings of the monarchical regime, aristocracy and public. No new aldares have been built since the start of the Pan-Anarian War. Pre-War of Religions aldares were dedicated each to a different deity. After the Istanian sacral wars, the aldares up to today are built solely for the worship of Mamamare. A distinctive feature of Scavic aldares are their residents; the holy prostitutes. These are usually the children of the nobility who found disfavor and then consequently disowned by their families and clans due to great wrongs done to the family name. The priests and priestesses would use the holy prostitutes in their ritual worships in both public and private ceremonies. This practice, now called Scavery by the rest of the Hallish-speaking people, did not arise until the Wars of Religion. Perhaps the rapine committed by the Orkanan crusaders of holy women inspired the creation of the aldares prostitutes as a national reminder that they were once victims of violence and so the act of sexual intercourse within their temple grounds serve as a memorial to the desecration of their celibate nuns.

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