Panau
Panau
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Land of a Thousand Spirits
Geography
Location Suwarnabumi, west of the Illan Archipelago, north of the Nau Islands
Area 1,823 sq mi (4,722 km2)
Terrain flat coastal plain, hilly lowlands in the east
Climate tropical; hot, humid, rainy
People
Population 2,600,000
Ethnic groups Kedayuh, Ebon, Doyang, Chinoi, Pahanari, Kaliyatran, Bunian
Religions Laiak folk religion, Veraism, nagaism
Languages Kedayuh 40%, Pahanari 30%, Kaliyatran 10%, Ebon 5%, Doyang 5%, Bunian 5%, other 5%
Government
Type Kaliyatra protectorate
Capital Alonahi
Largest city Molangor
Economy
Main exports Animal hides, tin and copper goods, herbs, exotic animals
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Like many of the islands in the Kaliyatra Ocean, Panau is home to many indigenous peoples. It also has the richest tin and copper deposits in all of Suwarnabumi. Panau is surrounded by the Niahnese Sea to the north, the Panau Sea to the south and south-west, and the Illan Archipelago to the east. Panau was part of the Pahanari Lands, but was later absorbed into the Kaliyatra empire.

Almost two million people live in remote villages—speaking about a hundred languages, largely consisting of inter-tribal marriages between different clans living in the jungle. Major urban population centres are Alonahi, Dusa, Kepang, Molangor, Sikong and Sumanti. The frog-like aghoy are a small but significant part of Panau island. They can be found in the city of Oldak, said to be located somewhere in the hilly lowlands in the east. The bunian prefer to live in the rural areas rather than the cities.

The most widely spoken language among the city-dwellers of Panau is Kedayuh. People in the other cities also speak Pahanari and Kaliyatran, especially in coastal cities such as Molangor and Sikong. Indigenous populations in central Panau tend to speak Ebon (a Laiak language) and people in the east and south speak Doyong or Chinoi. In the northern part of Panau, Bunian is widely used, especially by the bunian themselves and people living in the coastal villages.

History

Veraist Padmattiya and the Thalathanist Pahanari Lands, and Nagaist Kaliyatra brought trade and foreign cultures and influences to Panau. Panau history is also deeply intertwined with its neighbours.

Less than a century ago, the indigenous people of Panau were forced into a confrontation between the Pahanari and Kaliyatra, a battle over the future of their island home. While Padmattiya were not part of the conflict, they did break off trade relations with Panau briefly. Most Doyang managed to stay out, while Ebon and Oroh people participated in the fighting on both sides. In remote regions of Panau, there were ongoing conflicts between Kaliyatra troops and irregulars conducting raids on villages of Gulang and Nidra.

Eventually, the Pahanari withdrew their fleet from Panau, and the island was annexed by Kaliyatra. Those who ruled Panau are distinguished by the title datuk before their name.

Important sites

Conflicts and intrigues

Secret hideouts and overgrown ruins lie camouflaged by the thick jungle undergrowth from the aftermath of the war between Kaliyatra and the Pahanari Lands. Even occasional skeletons rise up from the swamps as a constant reminder of this conflict. Who knows that forgotten treasures one might uncover in the wild rainforests of Panau, waiting to be rediscovered.

There are still some active head-hunter tribes in Panau, especially in the hilly lowland regions of the island. These hill tribes are very isolated from the rest of Panau, and the Pahanari and Kaliyatra have both sent expeditions to try to make contact with them.

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