Pahanari Lands
Pahanari Lands
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The Pahanari Kingdom
Geography
Location Islands on the eastern coast of Amarachi, west of Palalangan
Area 25,559 sq mi (61,018 km2)
Terrain mostly high plateau and desert; some mountains
Climate desert and shrublands; dry winters and rainy summers
People
Population 11,300,000
Ethnic groups Pahanari, Achariyan, Harash
Religions Thalathanism, Berhala, pagan religions
Languages Pahanari 60%, Achariyan 20%, Harash 10%, other 10%
Government
Type Absolute monarchy
Capital Paharathi
Largest city Bahiya
Economy
Main exports Gold, tin, clay, limestone, metal products, textiles
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The Pahanari Lands, officially the Kingdom of Pahanari, is a Thalathanist kingdom that includes over 200 islands and islets off the eastern coast of Amarachi. Ishara is the largest of these islands. It is located west of the Amarachi Sea, north of Achariya and south of the Yellow Sea. The Pahanari Lands have an estimated population of more than 11 million people and the most populous ethnic group are known as the Pahanari people. Its capital is Paharathi.

The Pahanari Lands are important allies to Achariya and Maganda, offering both protection and commerce against the mighty Kaliyatra empire in the Suwarnabumi region. Both nations pay annual taxes in the form of tributes to the Pahanari kings. They also maintain strong trading relations with the Haolang and Padmattiya kingdoms, as well as trading posts on the Nau Islands and Panau. The kingdom's rich gold deposits are particularly valuable to the nations of the Suwarnabumi archipelago.

Through the Pahanari Commerce Guild, the Pahanari kingdom controls spice trade in the Amarachi region, preventing rivals from docking in their ports and attacking ships that come to close. Since Kaliyatra absorbed the Nau Islands and Panau, the Pahanari Lands have lost much of its political influence in the region. But many nations under Kaliyatra control still remain culturally and religiously tied to their former rulers.

Thalathanist traders are known to operate in Suwarnabumi, trading in spices, metal and textiles. As many as two million Kedayuh are believed to live in eastern Pahanari Lands, especially in the coastal region.

History

In the early 40th century, the Pahanari king converted from Berhala to Thalathanism. It is believed that the merchants from Amarachi and Khatun brought with them their language and religious teachings. While the practice of Berhala was not officially banned, icon worshippers were persecuted and killed.

The kingdom's most important regional rival is the Kaliyatra empire in the east. Unable to compete and control its territories at the same time, the Pahanari Lands are content with wielding economic pressure on the empire by blocking their ships from reaching the eastern coast of Amarachi.

During the height of the Pahanari kingdom, it held Palalangan, the Nau Islands, Panau, and the western and northern parts of Langa. They also formed an alliance through marriage with the Langanese kingdom of Jukang, between a Langanese princess and a Pahanari king.

Nearly a century ago, the Pahanari Lands lost in the Palalangan Wars against the Kaliyatra. However, the empire has been unwilling or unable to attack the Pahanari kingdom itself.

Religion

Thalathanism has dominated the political and culture life in the kingdom for centuries. Almost the entire population are Thalathanist, but there are a small numbers of people who are Berhala and Nagaist as well.

Conflicts and intrigues

In remote areas of the island kingdoms, some groups of Pahanari still worship the Berhala, mostly out of tradition. Fanatical Thalathanists visit these places, preaching their message of salvation through the dedication to the Thalathanist deities. Clashes between ancestral worshippers and Thalathanist believers are commonplace.

The Kifaru and Yuda is the only source of jathi seed and lavang, two spices used to flavour food, in medicines and as preserving agents. It is highly desirable throughout the Suwarnabumi region, particularly in Kaliyatran marketplaces. It is sold by Pahanari traders, exclusively through the Pahanari Commerce Guild. These traders have never revealed where the spices come from, and Kaliyatran traders have not been able to determine the source.

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