It is beautiful here, yet I still cannot shake the memories of our true, ancestral, home. It will have to do, for now.Ponouli is the home of the Kyteux?, at least, as they see it— for now. Situated north of Zilopnou?— who the Kyteux believe took their sacred homeland— Ponouli has waged war against their southern neighbors since its very inception.
Qetlec? dialect. The Kyteux were driven from their homeland of the Cipou River Delta? by the Lliaqeu? who later founded Zilopnou— over the course of a four-year war. This displacement would entirely disrupt the structure of the Kyteux government, as various officials were killed in the war. As the Kyteux began to flee towards the end of the war, they turned to the leadership of the then well-respected— and trusted— Teus family. The Teus were wary of this new responsibility— but, caring greatly for their people, did their best to ensure the safety of both their lives and their culture. During this time, the city of Aeuto? was the Kyteux's capital, from here the Teus would begin to send out scouting parties to find a temporary home from which the entrenched people could recover and eventually take back their homeland. In a few month's time, their scouts would return with news of arable land in the Tilou Peninsula— though between them spanned a great stretch of desert. Their armies would remain partially behind to cover their escape, ideally, the Kyteux would be gone by the time the full force of the Lliaqeu came down upon Aeuto. It is said the Teus rarely slept during this time as they began preparing their people's mass migration, aiding everyone from retreating troops, to the weak and the elderly.
An OpportunityWith the The Devouring of Lliaq, it is now only a matter of time before Ponouli will once again attempt to take back their ancestral homeland. The remaining city-states of Zilopnou will likely be unable to stop them— unless they were to somehow band together again, an unlikely outcome given Aeuto's recent rebellion. Much of Lliaq's military force was absent for the catastrophe— fighting none other than the forces of Ponouli— but now have no home to return to. The question on the minds of many is simple— will they flee, or will they fight once more?
If we were to lead you now, and do our jobs well, then our children— and their children— may find themselves upon the throne simply due to our name. This would create a dynasty of complacent, self-assured rulers who would undoubtedly lead our people astray. But if there is no other option, we will do what we must.Unfortunately, their fears would be justified generations later— as the Teus have become Ponouli's sole dynasty, leading the nation through tragedy after tragedy— and a centuries-long campaign upon their southern neighbors which has taken the lives of countless faithful Kyteux, and their families.
Familial RuleCenturies after the nation's inception, the Teus Dynasty continues to rule Ponouli— which has waxed and waned with each new tichan. At current, the nation is ruled by one Youns Teus, an impatient man who cares for little else beyond the long-promised reclamation his his people's homeland. Under his guidance, Ponouli's population has drastically shrunk— as he has thrown army after army at the Zilopnou border to the south.
If I cannot do what my family has promised for generations— then I am no more than another fool.He has done so even in the midst of an outbreak— which lead most of the deployed army to die of illness before reaching the battlefield. This is, unfortunately, not a unique era in the history of the nation— many a Teus has used the nation's people for their own egos, gain, or ideals, rather than placing their people's needs first and foremost as their ancestors had once done.
Today, Ponouli is run entirely by the Teus. Their tichan is always the eldest of the Teus, whose eldest children follow shortly as the nations' governors, whose cousins or other relatives act as leaders of Ponouli's individual settlements. Other family members fill the tichan's court as advisors, financeers, generals, and nobles.
One family, one rule.
Due to the believed temporary nature of Ponouli, their cities are not planned— and sprawl out widly like wild willow leaves. Structures are built wherever there is room— though at the very least, certain desirable locations are set aside for the Zytex? church.
Worry not where you build, for we shall not reside here for long.
Assets, Industry, & Trade
A Fresh CatchThere is one particularly great boon of the Kyteux's new home— an abundance of fish. These can be found both within the Tilou Bay, and within the inland lakes of their territory. What they catch can be used to provide for the nation's people in two ways— by directly feeding them, and as exports, to receive other necessary and luxury goods from elsewhere in the world.
Willow WearThe Kyteux make textiles from the bark of willow trees, to them, this is a symbolic act— to foreigners, this is a stylish luxury. As other nations do not yet know how to create these fabrics, Ponouli is the sole exporter of a good that is rising in popularity worldwide.
While Ponouli does have full-time soldiers and generals— such as those stationed in the fort at the northnern tip of the peninusla— the grand majority of their armies are levied from the able-bodied population as needed. As their attempts to take back their homeland have failed time and time again, they have begun compulsory military training for those who may one day find themselves in their armies. Family members are often placed in the same regiments— as it is believed there is no stronger bond.
Their spears may pierce our hides, their arrows may pin our feet, yet nothing they do can change the fact— that we are family.