The most western province of the Empire of Turelion, Norgantho is the province that experienced the most brutal assimilation into the Emperor's rule, a fact which has shaped its recent history and its relation to the Empire ever since. More recently, tensions in Norgantho have reached a fever pitch as the breakaway of the area of the Worfal Tundra and the formation of the rebel nation of Nova Norgantho, means that more eyes from the Imperial Bureau and the court are scrutinising the area than the provincial authorities would like.
Like all provinces with the Empire of Turelion, the administration of the Province is overseen by a Satrap, who is theoretically responsible for management of all areas of Norgantho. To aid them in this, the Satrap of Norgantho Province has a staff of provincial officials and administrators who oversee the bureaucracy of all things, from the state of the road network to the taxes levied on fish imported to the province.
To begin with, Norgantho is the only province that no longer has its native inhabitants living within it. When the Emperor's armies arrived on its shores, they discovered that, much like newly established Minid Province, the peoples who dwelt in the major geographical areas that make up the land claimed as part of the province: Relialo Plains, the Destra Wetlands and the Worfal Tundra, were nomadic and fiercely defensive of their way of life. As the area was the last part of Kelbonnar to be subjugated by Machestaro I, the patience of the first Emperor was waning and his experience of conquering the tribal peoples of the continent of Dricaro, very much coloured how he approached this final hurdle. Rather than trying to bring the people of the region into line, Machestaro instead decided to systematically slaughter as many as his armies could find and drive the others into the Spiny Mountains, to either die or otherwise cease to be an issue for him. Having accomplished the clean slate that he had wanted, after only two years of campaigning, the newly formed Norgantho Province was used as a place to settle large numbers of people transplanted from across the newly formed Empire. The largest sub section of these settlers, over 60% were taken from the urban poor of what is now Turelion Province, who were made promises about being given their own plots of land etc, which were never fulfilled. What this did mean, however, is that the whole province is heavily influenced by Turelite culture. Now, after years of the population of Norgantho Province feeling as if they have been exiled because of the low wealth and social status of their ancestors, along with the resentment of knowing promises made to them were never fulfilled, the whole area is a hotbed of discontent, exemplified by the formation of the breakaway state of Nova Norgantho in the north. To mitigate any risks to the Imperial system, the Satrap of the province is constantly being pressurised by the Imperial Court to increase the province’s military capacity, whilst the Imperial Inquisition has heightened its activities across the west of continent of Hunar to weed out dissent and rebellion. Meanwhile the descendants of the tribes that originally inhabited the area of the province, known as The Exiled Tribes still dwell in the Spiny Mountains and make regular incursions west into the province looking for revenge and spoils.
Demography and Population
Because all but a handful of the Province’s indigenous population were driven out during the initial takeover, the vast majority of the population, around 70% descend from the Turelite population that was transplanted to the province after its founding from Turelion Province. This means that culturally Norgantho Province and Turelion Province are almost identical culturally, except for the fact that the population of Norgantho is far poorer. This means that other Turelites and the ethnicities native to other provinces view the inhabitants of Norgantho as being Turelite, though the Norganthians would tend to disagree with this. The rest of the population is made up of a variety of other ethnic groups that have been transported to the region over the years. As the poorest province in the Empire, Norgantho is deemed to have 90% of its population bracketed by the Imperial Bureau as being ‘lower class’, with 7% being classified as ‘middle’ and 3% as ‘upper class’. Most of the population work or run concerns linked with the province’s pastoral economy and the industries associated with it.
The territory that is administered by Norgantho Province encompasses all of the land of the continent of Hunar that lies west of the Spiny Mountains, with the dividing line in the far south being the land that lies west of the Masseen River. The province’s southern border is the shores of the Centric Sea, whilst its western border is the shoreline of the Ocean of Lasimar. The Province’s used to encompass all of the area of the Worfal Tundra in the far north of the continent, but since the rise of Nova Norgantho, its northern border now lies at the northern edge of the Destra Wetlands and the defensive line of the Northern Norgantho Defences. The majority of Norgantho Province is made up of the Relialo Plains, an enormous expanse of lush grassland. There are also two large wetland regions, the largest of which is the Destra Wetlands in the north of the province. The second of these is the Ormo Delta, an enormous expanse of mud and water that abuts the coast where the mighty Ormo River exits into the Ocean of Lasimar. There is an area of incredibly fertile land called the Gardens of Tamina, which lies in the area sandwiched between the Destra Wetlands to the north, the Ormo Delta to the south and fenced in by the course of the Ormo River itself to the east. The Gardens of Tamina is the arable heart of Norgantho.
Like all Imperial Provinces, Norgantho has access to its own standing army of Provincial troops, who are dispersed across the province in garrisons, ready to be called upon as needs be. For the most part, these troops act as town and city guards and police forces for the areas they are stationed to. In times of crisis, the Satrap can mobilise units in the Provincial Army from their garrisoned stations to become mobile units that can be deployed were necessary. The Provincial Army has units of infantry, cavalry, artillery and Firewings at its disposal, as well as a dedicated naval force to protect its coasts. The Command Headquarters for Norgantho’s Provincial army is in the Provincial Capital Allerium. Because Norgantho Province is deemed to be at greater risk of unrest, both through internal discontent and through conflict with Nova Norgantho to the north, additional funds have been released by the Imperial Treasury specifically for the hiring of mercenaries and the recruitment of additional troops into the Province’s forces. This means that of all the provinces, Norgantho has the largest standing army, most of which is concentrated in the north. Money has also been released to the province for the continuing construction of the Northern Norgantho Defences, a series of fortifications and walls that stretches across the northern border of the Destra Wetlands, designed to keep incursions from the Rebel Nation at bay.
Because of the transplanting of so many Turelite people to the province when it was absorbed into the Empire of Turelion, the dominant religion which is followed across all levels of society, not just those seeking to curry favour with the Imperial Court unlike in other provinces, is that of the Imperial Church of Canthartism. There are adherents to other religions present, especially adherents of Shoshan around the borders with Greltor Province, but all are considered minority faiths in the region when compared against the strength of the Imperial Church.
Agriculture & Industry
The majority of Norgantho’s industry is heavily linked to pastoral agriculture. The vast swathes of the Relialo Plains with its abundance of grass, which though not as nourishing as the grass of the Pokipewi in Ultaru Province, provides ample sustenance for the hundreds of thousands of sheep that are reared across Norgantho. These sheep require thousands of shepherds to look after them and they also drive an enormous textile industry that manufactures woollen cloth and finished garments that are exported to the rest of the Empire. As well as their textile products, Norgantho’s ruminant population are also used for their meat, with a secondary production industry of the production of glue coming from the abundance of sheep bones in the province. The area of the Gardens of Tamina in the province is incredibly fertile and produces tons and tons of crops per year, most of which go to feeding the workforce of Norgantho itself, rather than being exported to other areas of the Empire.
Trade & Transport
Norgantho used to share the title of the most poorly connected province in the Empire of Turelion with its neighbour Greltor Province, but since the revolt of Nova Norgantho, the province has experienced a glut of infrastructure creation, courtesy of the Imperial Treasury. This infrastructure includes an abundance of new roads connecting the north of the province with the Provincial Capital, Allerium and other major port settlements in the south, along with a network of Firewing ports to provide easy access from other Provinces to the heart of Norgantho. The rational is far from an altruistic desire to make Norgantho Province more connected, but to ensure that troops, both Provincial and potentially Imperial can easily move through the Relialo Plains and the Destra Wetlands to defend the Northern Norgantho Defences and eventually take the fight northward to reclaim the Worfal Tundra and crush the Rebel Nation. Norgantho Province is also well connected by maritime routes to the rest of the Empire, principally to enable the export of its agricultural and textile products. The province’s southern ports, including the capital Allerium are also used as the last calling points for ships bound for the Imperial Colonies on Zastral, which provides a useful supply of income through harbour tariffs and taxes for the Satrap and Provincial Government.
Norgantho Province is viewed as being a production centre for the Empire, and therefore education has never been high on the agenda for the Provincial Authorities. There is only one House of Learning, which is located in Allerium, and the number of schools across the province to educate children up to the age of 18 are through to be fewer than 20 in number. It is considered to be the least educated province in the whole of the Empire of Turelion.
The Exile’s Province
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