The Dakan Confederacy was once much larger, grander, and influential. Then the Teminna Kingdoms were transported forwards through time, and displaced those Dakan they didn't kill from their beautiful cities and villages in the Great Northern Jungle. Many thought that this would be the end of the Dakan as an independent people, but they were wrong. The Dakan Confederacy lives on, and its peoples are undefeated in spirit.
The Dakan Confederacy is now effectively a city-state, with a single city under the Kumoru Wadjiro as its dominant power, confederated with the dozens of minor Wadjiro that make up the Dakan settlements along the North Coast and just into the tracts of the Great Northern Jungle. It is a nation of constant action as they build, establish defenses, and constantly push back against the amphibian horrors they have grown to hate.
A confederation of allied Wadjiro, nominally led by the leading families of the Komoru Wadjiro.
To rebuild the strength of the Confederation, and to take back their lands in the Great Northern Jungle, expelling the Teminna Kingdoms.
The Dakan Confederacy was once much larger, and stretched northwest, into the Great Northern Jungle and up towards the lands of the Sao Li. All of that changed in the Lost Era, when the Teminna Kingdoms and the amphibious Temnosals were ripped forwrds through time and deposited in the modern day. Already barely surviving, the Dakoro were forced to retreat and abandon their cities and villages in the jungle, and to rebuild on the North Coast. The Dakan Confederacy remains in a state of war with the Teminna Kingdoms to this day.
Prior to that, the Dakan Confederacy was a moderate trade and cultural power on the southern continent. heir crafts and fruits were well regarded, and they provided a trade link to the Western Continent. Lacking a true centralized government, it was a collection of allied city-states and settlements, all under the Wadjiro system. Often cited as a weakness, this system was ultimately what allowed them to recover so quickly from the destruction of their old ways of life. The new Dakan Confederacy was declared in 57 SR, as two settlements allied to the capital city. Despite their grand claims, the new confederacy is functionally a city-state.
Demography and Population
The Dakan Confederacy is predominantly human, but has significant non-human populations as well. The population is approximately ~550000 permanent citizens. As of 100 SR, its demographics are along these lines:
Human (Dakan): 66%, Human (Iburi) 8%, Orc (Silt): 16%, Lizardfolk 9%, Other 1%.
At any point, there are upwards of ~2500 Temnosal in the Dakan Confederacy, but they are seen as invaders and attacked on discovery.
The North Coast is currently the only area held reliably by the Dakan Confederacy, as much as any landmass can be claimed in this time. Previously a backwater area of the larger original Confederacy, it was inundated by refugees fleeing the Teminna Kingdoms' forces. The area has undergone extreme changes since then, and has areas that are now significantly less wild than previously.
The Dakan Confederacy maintains a military shaped by their experiences in the recent years. All settlements maintain militias, and for the first time, a regular military is being formed, consisting of a navy, army, and sky navy. What sets their military apart are their tactics and equipment.
The terrain in the North Coast is rolling hills, plains, and marshes, with innumerable creeks, rivers, and waterways. Tall grasses and reeds are the dominant plants. It's a military nightmare for conventional conflict. The Dakan Confederacy has adapted to this, and work in small, independent units. They have also embraced the spring bolter as a regular weapon (it's a specialist weapon elsewhere) as a method of increasing the hitting power of small units at close to medium ranges. They also have an atypical sky navy, as it's less oriented on capital ship combat and more on transporting and supporting troops fighting on the ground. The tactical and strategic developments of the Dakan-Teminna War are being watched intently by the Iumbu Empire and Republic of Tasmrao.
The Dakan Confederacy has advanced mathematics, well developed alchemy, and is rebuilding its manufacturing ability.
The Dakan Confederacy's largest religion is the Cult of the Four Dragons. The preists and structures of the Followers of the Elemental Court were all but wiped out in the destruction of the old Confederacy. The Cult of the Four Dragons was already prominent in the North Coast, and it managed to be the spiritual comforters of the refugee masses, and they gradually converted over.
The Dakan Confederacy shares close relations with the Iumbu Empire, their greatest political ally and trade partner. The two have some cultural exchange, especially around technologies and the names of the aspects of the Elemental Lords in the Southern Continent, but their systems of organization are quite different. Before it fell, they enjoyed a solid relatioship with the Empire of Saqah, and Dakoro sailors are currently exploring the northern Coast of Bones, seeking treasure and glory among its deadly waters.
The Volcano Kingdoms and Republic of Tasmrao have formal relations with the Confederacy, and are more trade partners than anything else. Tasmrao in particular has become a major provider of arms and engineering expertise to the Dakan Confederacy in their efforts to win the war against the Teminna Kingdoms.
The Teminna Kingdoms are at war with the Dakan Confederacy. Displaced forwards through time, they were horrified to encounter a future where they were rememberered only for mysterious ruins and immediately moved to retake their lands in this new era. The amphibious Temnosal are seen as enemies to be slain by the Dakoro, and this is unlikely to end any time soon, as the Temnosal see humans and mammals as acceptable food sources and inferior beings.
Agriculture & Industry
Aquaculture and mariculture are the norms, with agriculture being a distant third behind them. Palm oil, palm fruit, and rice are the main agricultural products of the Confederacy. They also farm fish, seaweeds, clams, oysters, and collect reeds that grow int he wild for food and building material.
Bamboo is a major industry, where it is used for construction, animal fodder, and more recently, textile fiber. The latter has opened new doors for the Dakoro, easing their reliance on outside trade for clothing, and allowing them to export a new textile material with the feel of silk for a fraction of the cost.
Trade & Transport
There are precious few roads in the Dakan Confederacy, and almost all trade and transport is either by sky barges or over water.
Every Wadjiro sees to the education of its children, and the state (such as it is) has very little influence in this area. A baseline of education is literacy, numeracy, and some history; after that, the children are prepared for their futures in their family's trade or a related trade in their Wadjiro. Children who display magical aptitude or divine blessing see their tiem divided between learning their family's trade and developing expertise in their field of magic. Sages will take the most gifted on as their apprentices, and this is seen as a social win by the family.
The infrastructure of the Dakan Confederacy is developing. Canals, roads, more canals, and dock facilities are cinstantly being built, reinforced, or expanded. Forts and patrol bases are also being established, in an effort to better stem the incursions of the Teminna Kingdoms.