The Steppes of Nargastan are a rolling land which is peopled by pastoral nomads who migrate along with the herds of horses, sheep and goats from region to region in search of fresh pasture lands. Food supplies are augmented through hunting and gathering. Nargastan society is tribal, and the nomadic lifestyle is neither conducive to pan-tribal unity or nationhood. The Nargastani live in tents called yurts which they take with them on their nomadic travels.
Inter-tribal warfare is endemic, usually with the outcome that one tribe gains a temporary political ascendancy over its neighbors, only to be later usurped by a rival clan. They also frequently raid into Tana Tordja and Nung. The Rodinians are trying to stop this but the fluid nature of the Nargastan attacks makes pinning them down into a tactical battle, which the Rodinians favor, difficult. There are two major trade routes which pass through Nargastan from Rodinia to Athena. These are a constant source of resources to the raiding Nargastanis. Although most tribes are independent, a confederation of four tribes exists, which is known as the Dorben Oirats (the "four allies"). The Oirats are based in the west of Nargastan and are also known as the Western Nargastanis. They are frequently at war with Rodinia and are close to gaining control of the northern trade route. They continue to make attempts to achieve cultural unity in Nargastan, so far unsuccessfully. The Nargastanis worship a horse god.