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The Holy Nation

The Holy Nation is a theocratic human state that controls a notable portion of the northwest lands of Kenshi. They are ruled by a "Phoenix" whom they believe to be a reincarnation of their first ruler. Their religion encompasses all aspects of their life and is based around the dualism of the holy creator Okran, and the demoness of darkness, Narko. Holy Nation citizens are often referred to as Okranites. They are xenophobic and zealous people who are oppressive towards nonhuman races, women, and anyone who does not agree with their religious beliefs. They are significantly opposed to technology and science and are very hostile towards skeletons. However, they can be friendly and helpful to male Humans, often giving food or medical supplies to those in need.   It is speculated that the Holy Nation originated from the Second Empire, forming as a cult under the watchful eye of their overlord. Eventually, the Second Empire cracked down on the cult, but instead of quashing it, they only gave the survivors more reason to hate them. Likely, the cult emigrated north to a more hospitable land, creating the foundations of the Holy Nation, and fueling their hatred of skeletons.   Due to the conflicts of their past, and their beliefs that Narko uses technology and science to tempt people to her ways, the Holy Nation maintains strict bans on almost all technology and research materials, while Skeletons and those with Robot Limbs are killed on sight. Research Books written by the Machinists University are generally allowed within Holy lands, though are in strict control by the government.   The rising tensions between Holy Nation and United Cities broke out into open conflicts in recent decades. Without warning, Holy Nation forces invaded the lands of Bast, burning the nobility alive, and sending the surviving citizens to Rebirth. Now the land is a war-zone raging between the two giants, crippling the United Cities economy after the loss of this major agricultural and economic center.   The Holy Nation tends to offer its citizens the best and the worst in terms of living conditions. As long as the citizens keep in line, do their job, upholding laws and complying to religion and so forth, life can be fairly pleasant and productive. But for those who are not cut out for this strict, disciplined regime life quickly becomes intolerable. They lose their respect, honor, status and near everything, the options left to them are either to be exiled to the outlands or starve to death in the Holy lands. Although not as xenophobic towards humans as towards non-humans, the Holy Nation are very protective of their way of life and tolerate only those foreigners that comply and stick to the rules.   In spite of living in high population concentrations, the society remains relatively calm and content; as Okranites have been carefully indoctrinated to be loyal, obedient and ascetic, they lack the drive to seek change -- especially technological advancement or violent changes. Necessity for survival will naturally force them to adapt new technology and mobilize military, but their preference is to farm, multiply, and spread their religion in hopes of covering the world with the bask of Okran's light.
The Holy Nation is a Human faction made up of religious and xenophobic fanatics who worship a deity named Okran. They treat Shek and Hivers as corrupted and subhuman, enforce women's submission to men, and attempt to kill Skeletons on the spot. Their primary enemy faction is the Flotsam Ninjas which is made up of rebel women and escaped slaves. They are also at war with the Shek Kingdom and United Cities.
These towns, outposts, and other locations are controlled by this faction. Bad Teeth, Blister Hill (Capital City), Farm Ruins, Holy Farm, Holy Military Base, Holy Mines, Holy Mine Ruin, Narko's Trap, Okran's Fist, Okran's Shield, Rebirth, Ruined Farm, Ruined Holy Outpost, Stack, Tiny Settlement, Watchtower
The Holy Nation, one of the oldest civilisations still in existence... In the beginning, they kept to themselves. The first of the Phoenixes intentions were noble...
                                                                                                          - Anonymous Skeleton
Geopolitical, Kingdom
The military of the Holy Nation is referred to as the Holy Army. Paladins are perhaps its most recognizable force, though they are often supported by lower-ranking troops like Holy Sentinels, Holy Servants, and Holy Chosen. High Paladins and Inquisitors serve as the leadership caste, with the latter also functioning as elite religious police.


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