"And under the leadership of Admiral Godhzu, the country grew to its largest size since the Collision, once again ruling the northern seas."
"Sir, sir, didn't Godhzu found a blood cult that caused all our neighbours to try and conquer us after he died?"
"... He might have."
Xiy Kiiquldast, officially the Republic of Xiy Kiiquldast
, is a small country in northern Thurásin
, spread out over 3 major and 4 minor islands. While formally established in 24 Discovery
during the tenure of Admiral Godhzu, it had existed in some form since The Collision
153 years prior.
In the past, there existed a kingdom by the name of Xiy Kiiquldast, which had spread throughout its many years to encompass more land in the northern archipelagos than any other. Their need to protect their merchants and officials led to the establishment of multiple Dandayk
Fleets, who would patrol allotted straights and seas. The last of the Dandayk Fleets, the 5th, was established in the 29th year of Thawing under the command of Admiral Bwi'alash, assigned to protect the north and central regions.
When the Collision occured in the 33 Thawing, Hiy'u Pwalu
disappeared, taking with it the monarchs and many regional leaders, sending the kingdom into chaos. Bwi'alash attempted to preserve unity and loyalty to the monarchy until an heir could be found, but many of the islands within the kingdom declared independence. His efforts were further foiled by the unnatural cold which swept the oceans shortly after the Collision, freezing the 5th Dandayk Fleet into a far northern port for 3 years. During this long stay, Bwi'alash was replaced and later executed by his second in command, who became Admiral Jii'ash.
When the Fleet was able to sail again, Jii'ash continued his predecessor's mission to ensure the continuation of the kingdom, but with more ruthlessness. This came to a head in the 7th year of Collision, when he ordered the Fleet to attack a major port on the island of Zunatuudh
, a former Xiy Kiiquldamii territory. Far from being isolated to Zunatuudh, Jii'ash attacked many ports who would not swear loyalty to the disappeared monarchy, and his fleet were declared as pirates in 13 Collision. In 17 Collision, yet another attack in Zunatuudh resulted in Jii'ash's capture and later public execution, with his ships left to flounder and descend ever more into piracy.
after Jii'ash's execution, the Dandayk Fleet was still roaming the northern seas, now just simple pirates with few territorial ambitions. This changed with the arrival of Godhzu, a Tsädhayo
sailor who had been captured by the fleet back in 16 Discovery. Seeing a crew in disrepair, he challenged Admiral Iinja for her position, and took control. One of his first acts as Admiral was to declare the Republic of Xiy Kiiquldast, and set about forging his citizens into a proper threat for the first time in eras.
His first objective in his "reclamation campaign" was to take over the island of Qariy. The republic already had a foothold in one of its ports, but under his leadership the entire island was brought under control. The nearby island of Zunatuudh retaliated with privateers, but Godhzu's experience with their navy made their efforts less than impressive. He next turned his gaze to the island of Biin
to the far east, conquering the island and its neighbours in a few short years, thus gaining access to the warmer waters of the eastern seas.
In 38 Discovery, as a monument to his victories and a sign of his devotion to The Divinities
, he ordered the construction of a Grand Church on the conquered Qariy. He invited many foreign dignitaries to come and marvel at the large and ornate building, assuring them that it was a gesture of peace and cooperation for the future. This was a boldfaced lie, as within a year he had sent ships to terrorise Zunatuudh ports, as well as harassing the western nation of Kuwvyana
While his ships waged war throughout the northern sea, Godhzu placed a heavy focus on piety, building churches in all the realms he conquered. While initially this was simply devotion to the Divinities, it soon became clear he had a strange way of worshipping them. Specifically, the use of blood in ritual, which was not a widespread practice anywhere in Thurásin at the time. This started small with blood oaths to the gods, and slowly grew into human sacrifices intended to curry the gods' favour and ensure the longevity of the republic. These sacrifices were at their most frequent before Godhzu's death in 53 Discovery, but continued for many decades.
Even after the death of their most famous leader, Xiy Kiiquldast continued to grow, gaining a strong foothold in Kuwvyana and controlling the entire island of Biin, as well as small outlying islands. This run of good luck seemed to end in 12 Growth
, when Zunatuudh mounted a successful attack to reclaim one of their northern ports. The republic was still strong, but began to be chipped away at on all sides as a succession of weak admirals failed to protect their borders.
This decline became precipitous with the outbreak of Rainbow Plague
, which devastated many coastal cities and left the navy unable to defend itself or deliver supplies between islands. In Qariy, frustration with Admiral Quldash's leadership boiled over into a full blown riot, resulting in the burning of the Grand Church and the deaths of all its priests in 2 Famine. Quldash found himself overthrown by his own sailors shortly thereafter.
The majority of Xiy Kiiquldast's territory was taken during the following eras, losing most of their outlying islands bar two, and half their holdings on Biin. Small gains were made, but were often reversed just a few decades later. The last territorial change for the republic was the loss of Iinjuva, which had been in the possession of Xiy Kiiquldast and the 5th Dandayk Fleet since the destruction of the kingdom. This island was conquered by and ceded to the nearby country of Kuwvyana.
Xiy Kiiquldast is a republic is name only. In practice the Admiral is a military dictator, who only leaves the position by death or coup, or both. The Admiral is beholden to the captains of the other ships in the navy, while they are beholden to their crews. High turnover in all captaincy roles are frequent, as its 'might makes right'. The non-sailor populace of the country has little to no say in government affairs, though there has been a push in recent years to introduce a land-based counterpart to the naval government, or to introduce an actual aspect of democracy.