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Yajemir

Yajemir

by AnzBananz

Assets

Yajemir has a large section of the Iaria Trade Route, and, while there are detours around the nation, this is by far the safest route through the great deserts between Alia and parts north. Additionally, the export of war mounts, specifically Dragon, prove to bring in gold for the nation. Great gold deposits in the River Serges, which Yajemir currently owns control over, are spurring Yajemir into a period of great wealth.

Territories

The environment of Yajemir is harsh and unforgiving, with the most intense deserts in the entire world. Much of Yajemir is covered by the Baqal Desert; the Iaria Trade Route passes directly through the heart of the Baqal Desert, and Yajemir makes use of this by having toll roads and markets to sell food and water to travelers. Within Yajemir, there are trade routes to bring water to cities where there is little. The capital city of Qanin, for example, is sourced from the River Serqes, just south of the border with Mederi   Moving from east to west, we begin in the Kastal Mountains. Ataqis is nestled between mountain peaks. The landscape is moderately grassy, but the air is very dry, and the sunlight is intense. Ataqis sits near a small lake, which supplies the town with drinking water. Most of the rain that comes near the Kastal Mountains is deposited to the south. As air moves over the mountains, the moisture is squeezed out and becomes dry and hot as it ascends the first row of mountains. Ataqis itself has a population of 14,000 at any given time. Much of this population is in the form of traveling merchant caravans. Ranching is popular in this area as the grasses are perfect for livestock which, in turn, makes the people of the Kastal Mountains strong and well-fed. Dragons, while they are a presence in the Kastal Mountains, tend not to attack villages, though they still remain heavily armed with talented archers and ballistics. Dragons mostly tend to hunt the antelope in the area. However, domesticated dragons and Wyverns are bred in some of the smaller villages surrounding Ataqis.   To the far west is the Tirzal Coast. Like the Kastal Mountains, it is dry, and rises far above the sea level. This is unfortunate for trade, but a plus for defense, as it would be difficult for invading forces to enter the kingdom by sea. Between the Kastal Mountains and the Tirzal Coast, there are major salt deposits from an ancient ocean.   To the north lies several slightly smaller villages hugging the Iaria Trade Route; between these villages is very little but the odd oasis. Despite the apparent taming of the wilds with the cities rising from the dunes, it is not unheard of for caravans to be lost in the desert, having gotten off the trail, believing it could make it to the next city before stopping, or attempting to take a shortcut through the desert. The Iaria Trade Route is traveled enough that this doesn’t happen often by any means, but it is a threat regardless. In the harshest part of the desert lies the capital city of Qanin. Unlike many of the other cities in Yajemir, it lies away from the Iaria Trade Route, about a day’s walk. This is designed so that invading forces won’t be able to use the trade route to attack. The area around Qanin is flat, and Qanin is built up, so forces will be seen in plenty of time for the city to ready its defenses.   To the north, south of the border of Mederi , there are gold deposits. Historically, Yajemir and Mederi have fought over the area north of the River Serqes. It has changed hands a lot, though Mederi has recently been fighting to its northern front as well, so hasn’t been able to defend its hold on the gold deposits.   West of here is the most lush part of Yajemir. The coasts in this area are densely vegetated. The royal family has a castle set a ways back from the coast, though they haven’t used it recently, for threat of attack, but instead loan it out to important guests of the crown.   Lastly, near lake Gestoth is flat and grassy, teaming with wildlife – mostly large, herbivorous mammals.  

Military

Yajemir has some of the most impressive military in Lathai. Several units exist including legions of archers, foot soldiers, cavalry, and Dragon riders. Dragons are specifically raised in areas with rich mineral deposits, and the main strategy of these units is to get close and breathe fire on opposing forces.

Religion

Yajmiri officially worships Sote, and outlaws worship of Are. This, naturally, severely inhibits trade via the Iaria Trade Route for those worshiping Are, though it can be done via proxy services. Each year, worshipers of Sote travel to Qanin as a pilgrimage to the dragon Cilzryn, who lives in a glass tomb beneath the city.

Agriculture & Industry

Salt mining is a major foreign industry, and water is a major industry domestically and with immediate neighbors.

Education

Many young noble students travel to Qanin to learn strategy, philosophy, and religion.

Infrastructure

With the immense length of border Yajemir has to defend, certain sections are prioritized more than others. With this, there are weak points, unfortunately.
Type
Geopolitical, Country
Capital
Qanin
Demonym
Yajmiri
Government System
Monarchy, Absolute
Power Structure
Feudal state
Economic System
Market economy
Currency
Four main currencies are in use in gold, silver, copper, and bronze.
Controlled Territories
Neighboring Nations
Related Myths
 

Perception

While the general assumption throughout Lathai is that Yajemir is nothing but flattened desert, that could not be further from the truth. On the eastern side of the nation is a range of tall, rocky mountains. This area is home to Dragons, and is inhabited by people attempting to capture and train them.  
Kastal Mountains
Desert Mountains Landscape by Linnaea Mallette
  The western side of the nation is predominantly grassy, much to the surprise of many visitors. In fact, the western coast has rather green vistas and luxurious cities. A palace dedicated to the acting king is located here, though doesn't see much use now because of the conflict with The Fidean Empire.     The palace sits on nearly 1,500 acres of protected, private land. Nearby is a popular trade harbor, meaning the area has all the luxuries of foreign lands and of Yajemir.     Trade is vital to Yajmiri lifestyle, and the nation relies on healthy trade to provide for itself.  
Yajmiri Bazaar
A Marketplace In Ispahan by Edwin Lord Weeks

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Cover image: Gobi Desert, Mongolia by Christopher Michel

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