The Province of Oam is often thought of in Imperial circles as just being the upland region of Túgimubæ, given that this is the part of the island the actively engages with the rest of the Empire of Turelion economically and industrially. However such a view would be to ignore the strong people of the Usæ Gawoa forest that sprawls over much of the province, who are renowned for their ferocity and skill in battle.
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 Oam. To aid them in this, the Satrap of Oam 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.
Demography and Population
Like Minid Province, on paper Oam has a much smaller population than most other provinces, primarily because the Imperial Bureau have only rigorously recorded one one half of the population. Oam’s population has been traditionally split into two sections based on geography and ethnicity; the Dosog, who made their homes in the Túgimubæ, and the Bamæ, who made their homes in the Usæ Gawoa. Though both ethnicities are thought to share a common root, and speak a common language, Dosogbuian, they live radically different lifestyles, with the Dosog people having leant heavily into farming, whilst the Bamæ have instead chosen a more hunter gather lifestyle, which reflects the realities their harsher homeland. The Dosog and the Bamæ distrust each other greatly, primarily because the Dosog collaborated with Machestaro I's invading force when he arrived on Oam’s shores to bring the region into the Empire of Turelion, whilst the Bamæ fought agains the incursion so ferociously the Turelites to this day still regard them as amongst the most worthy of the adversaries the first Emperor of Turelion and Kelbonnar fought against. As a result, the Imperial Bureau class the vast majority of Bamæ as being ‘undocumented’, except for those that reside in the few permanent trading settlements that have been set up in the rainforest. Amongst the Dosog, most are regarded as being ‘working class’, with 30% defines as bing ‘middle class’ and 10% as ‘upper class’.
Oam Province encompasses the entirety of the southern, larger island that makes up the continent of Carboni alongside Quess. The majority of the province is made up of a dense temperate rainforest, known as the Usæ Gawoa whose near impenetrable canopy creates a dense and dark sub forest level of ferns and fungi, which is practically impossible for use in cultivating heavily farmed crops. There are few settlements in the Usæ Gawoa, with the majority of the farmed land and settlements instead being in the upland area, the Túgimubæ, whose gentle grassed slopes prove for a much better farm land, with the lack of trees making for a much more appealing place to build settlements and cities.
Like all Imperial Provinces, Oam 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 Firewing at its disposal, as well as a dedicated naval force to protect its coasts. The Command Headquarters for Oam’s Provincial army is in the Provincial Capital Yamar.
Whilst almost all of the Dosog population of Oam have converted to the Imperial Church of Canthartism, less than 1% of the Bamæ peoples have. The Bamæ instead worship their ancestral mother goddess Kifu.
Agriculture & Industry
The vast majority of industry in Oam takes place in the region of the Túgimubæ uplands. Huge tracts of the areas rolling hills have been converted in to paddy fields to grow rice, that not only feeds the local Dosog populace, but which is also widely exported across Kelbonnar. These hills are also rich in copper, zinc and nickel, which are mined on an industrial level in the province, some of which is exported in its raw form, and some of it turned into the secondary alloys bronze and brass. Among the Bamæ peoples of the Usæ Gawoa, the predominant ‘industry’ if it can truly be called that is the hunting of large beasts, partly to supplement the Bamæ’s hunter-gather lifestyle, but also partly to provide pelts, meat and exotic creature parts for trade to the Dosog and the rest of the Empire of Turelion. One so-called services based industry that the Bamæ do participate in is the provision of mercenary fighters. Their warlike nature, natural strength and the high regard they hold strength and skill at arms means that they make excellent mercenaries, and can be found all over Kelbonnar fighting for the Empire, for private individuals or companies, or even for illicit organisations if the pay is high enough.
Trade & Transport
The area of the Túgimubæ is well connected to the outside world, thanks to the fact that the Provincial Capital, Yamar along with almost all of the province’s other towns and cities are located in the region. The regional road network within the Túgimubæ is well constructed and maintained, but the regions primary link to the outside world is through the network of Firewing ports that have been constructed between the towns, Oam boasts the most Firewing Ports per capita of all the provinces in the Empire, which also link the area up to the rest of the Empire of Turelion. A maritime link to the Túgimubæ exists as well in the south, with the port town of Ramal linking to the Ocean of Lasimar via the short, but wide and deep Gaka River and Yúsa Bay beyond. The Usæ Gawoa, on the other hand is hardly serviced by transport networks at all, with the few permanent settlements founded within the forest connected to the outside world by Firewing Ports. Ramal is technically located within the Usæ Gawoa, but as no roads connect it to anywhere else located beneath the suffocating canopy it is isolated from all but its immediate surroundings by land.
The towns and cities of the Túgimubæ are well appointed with schools and there are two Houses of Learning in the region. One of these houses of leaning is in the provincial capital, Yamar, whilst one, known as Sugbo Peak is situated on the highest point in the whole province, and specialises in the study of philosophy and mysticism. The Bamæ peoples of the Usæ Gawoa, however, do not value education, other than what they can be taught to survive in their harsh homeland and what they can be taught to make themselves more effective in combat.
The Warrior’s Isle / Túgimubæ
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