Achariya
Achariya
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Land of the Goat
Geography
Location Archipelago in the Kaliyatra Ocean, west of the Phanaric Lands, north of Kifaru and Yuda
Area 1,084 sq mi (2,808 km2)
Terrain coastal plain and plateau separated by central mountains
Climate desert and shrub lands; dry
People
Population 380,000
Ethnic groups Achariyan, Pahanari, Harash
Religions Thalathanism, Berhala, pagan religions
Languages Achariyan 65%, Pahanari 20%, Harash 10%, other 5%
Government
Type Meritocracy
Capital Tahamatra
Largest city Sahadur
Economy
Main exports Goats, dairy products, iron, arms
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Achariya is a strict meritocracy that promotes bravery and skill in battle. Larger cities, like Tahamatra and Sahadur, are theocracies ruled by Thalathanist priests. Rural areas and tribes are still governed by a council of elders, usually men, that have final say on all matters concerning tribal law and relations. Not all men and women are equal; those that undergo the Temple of Trials to become warriors, are especially esteemed. Only warriors are allowed to own property and bear arms openly.

Tahamatra is the capital of Achariya, a religious centre, and houses the largest temple dedicated to Lord Tahamatan. It is believed that Thalathanism was first brought here by Pahanari traders.

Achariya is a harsh land, with deserts and shrub lands. During winter its usually very hot and dry, and in the summer its hot and rainy. Almost all foliage and undergrowth die during the drought periods, giving rise to a harsh, desert-like landscape. Shortly after the drought, the rain season begins, quickly changing the land back into a lush and green paradise.

History

The Batu-log was the indigenous people of the island of Achariya, and the smaller islands of Kifaru and Yuda. When the Achariyans were evicted by the Pahanari, they moved to the smaller islands, and the warring Achariyans quickly assimilated the peaceful Batu-log societies.

Sahadur, a goat-herder who became a warrior-slave under the Pahanari later led a resistance that would become known as the White Banner Rebellion. He and his three brothers defeated an Immortal Legion at Hakika, and served in the resistance until his death at the Siege of Aidah. Roughly a decade after Sahadur's death, the Achariyans regained their freedom and established Achariya in the south-western part of the Pahanari Lands.

The goat, of all things, is still held in high regard among Achariyans, and is used as measurement of wealth and status.

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