Xiy Kiiquldast

"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 Kiiquldamii history lesson
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.

History

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.  

New Republic

135 years 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.  

Decline

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.

Structure

Xiy Kiiquldast Map
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.
Pronounced
/xiy ki:.qul.dast/
Leader
Admiral Aavtyash Ulqarast
Founding Date
24 Discovery 272 Years Ago
Type
Geopolitical, Country
Alternative Names
The Pirate Republic
Demonym
Xiy Kiiquldamii
Government System
Kratocracy
Power Structure
Unitary state
Official Languages

Admiral Godhzu

Many details about Godhzu's life are a complete mystery, leading to many conflicting reports about his origins and actions. Most agree that he was born in central Thurásin, possibly in Xüfonz or Na-ochiixid, or at the very least that his parents were from that region. Even later into his tenure as Admiral, he retained a strong accent whenever speaking the local language, and was impressively fluent in Vaitsärriishal for a man who was supposed to be a northerner.   Beyond this, details are lacking. Even the simple fact of when he was born is a mystery, which some believing he died in his 50s, and others suggesting he made it into his 70s - very impressive for a pirate captain. Godhzu himself was inconsistent on this front, offering various ages throughout his life. As a result, figuring out when he came north and how long he'd been a sailor is nigh impossible.
Sailing Boat ship sunset peaceful
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Blood Cult

One of the more fascinating parts of Godhzu's life, and of the republic as a whole, is the proliferation of a "blood cult". Being as blood wasn't very culturally important in most areas of the continent at the time, no-one is sure where he picked up the idea, and how he decided to integrate it into his new country.   Many theories have been offered as to his rationale. The most popular is one that takes into account his Tsädhayo heritage, stating that the worship began as a misunderstanding of part of an old Xiy Kiiquldamii saying - the Kingdom runs on blood. The theory states that Godhzu read this fairly young, when he was still new to speaking the Zwiqaluu language, and so took the saying completely literally. As a result, when he came to power, he believed that regular blood sacrifice was required to keep his country stable.
It's revisionist bullshit. He was just fucking weird.
— Zunatuudhayo Historian

Map

Xiy Kiiquldast

The Flag

The layout of colours and shapes on the flag represents the "Twin Skies" for which the country is named, showing how the night and the day intersect and weave at various points throughout the year. It also references the ripples in a lake that was located on Hiy'u Pwalu, which disappeared along with the island. The colours were originally black and white, but the white was changed to red during the tenure of Admiral Godhzu, in reference to the battle for the country's restoration. Most abroad believe the colour change was the instead result of a flag being dipped in blood.
Xiy Kiiquldast Republic Flag

Articles under Xiy Kiiquldast


  • 29 Thawing
    26 Structure
    The 5th Dandayk Fleet is established
    Founding

    The Kingdom of Xiy Kiiquldast, ever wary of pirates and other such vagabonds, established many Dandayk or "Protector" fleets during its existence, which would patrol common trade routes to ensure the security of the nation's people and goods. The 5th fleet was the final one established, with Admiral Bwi'alash as its leader.

  • 33 Thawing
    13 Independence
    The capital island of Xiy Kiiquldast disappears
    Disaster / Destruction

    Many things about Thurásin were forever altered by The Collision. Among them was the complete disappearance of the island of Hiy'u Pwalu, home to the monarchs of Xiy Kiiquldast. No trace of this island or its inhabitants remain.

  • 3 Collision
    37 Mercy
    Admiral Bwi'alash is overthrown
    Life, Death

    In lieu of the rulers of Xiy Kiiquldast, Admiral Bwi'alash and his Dandayk Fleet had taken it upon themselves to maintain the unity of the kingdom, sailing from territory to territory. On visiting a small north island, the fleet was frozen into the harbour by unseasonal cold, and remained trapped there for over two years.
    During this time, Bwi'alash is believed to have had second thoughts about whether Xiy Kiiquldast could be preserved by a single fleet and the few islands that had allied with them. For this betrayal of his country, he was overthrown by his second in command, who became Admiral Jii'ash.

  • 7 Collision
    12 Vengeance
    Zunatuudh raided by the Fleet
    Military action

    Once the seas thawed, Admiral Jii'ash set to work preserving the unity of the Kingdom of Xiy Kiiquldast. But as time passed, it became clear that many of the lands once held by the kingdom were unlikely to willingly submit to the Fleet or its allies. This was unacceptable to Jii'ash, who ordered a major city in the former province of Zunatuudh to be attacked to scare the locals into accepting his authority.
    While the Fleet was forced to retreat once the surprised citizens were able to muster a defence, they escaped with boatloads of loot and captives, all in service of the restoration of the kingdom, of course.

  • 13 Collision
    28 Knowledge
    5th Dandayk Fleet declared pirates by the Governor of Zunatuudh
    Diplomatic action

    The tensions between the 5th Dandayk Fleet and Zunatuudh didn't ease up, and Jii'ash returned regularly to 'renegotiate' by opening fire on the island's major cities. At last tired of the fleet's actions, the Governor of Zunatuudh officially branded them as pirates, declaring any ship that flew the flag of the former kingdom of Xiy Kiiquldast to be an enemy vessel. At this, Jii'ash declared the governor to be a traitor to the king, and vowed to see his 'false governate' destroyed.

  • 17 Collision
    3 Change > 13 Structure
    Admiral Jii'ash captured and executed
    Life, Death

    During yet another attack on the Governate of Zunatuudh, a group of local seamtresses were able to damage the aging lead ship of the fleet, causing it to sink when it attempted to leave port with its stolen goods. Admiral Jii'ash ordered his men to the life rafts ahead of himself, and was shortly thereafter captured by the governor's guards.
    To make an example of him, the governor had him publicly executed just over a month after his arrest, hanging him from a tall hill near the port while flags of the Kingdom of Xiy Kiiquldast burned around him.

  • 18 Collision
    The 5th Dandayk Fleet descends into piracy
    Criminal Activity

    With the death of their most patriotic member, the 5th Dandayk Fleet floundered without direction. Soon, some might say inevitably, the fleet resolved to simply continue its previous actions, but with a new motive - personal gain. For the next 134 years, the fleet existed solely for the profit of its members and allies, and only individual crewmates or captains recalled its once noble objective of restoring the kingdom of Xiy Kiiquldast.

  • 23 Discovery
    35 Independence
    Admiral Iinja is deposed by Godhzu
    Life, Failure / Mishap

    During the tenure of Admiral Iinja, the pirates and their allies had fallen on hard times. A series of defeats and routs at sea had left them diminished, and much of their land holdings had been seized.
    Godhzu, a former Xüfonzayo sailor who had been captured many years prior, rallied the support of his crewmates to have Iinja removed from her position. Unlike his predecessors, he did not order her killed, merely demoting her to a menial position.

  • 24 Discovery
    3 Justice
    Republic of Xiy Kiiquldast declared by Admiral Godhzu
    Founding

    In Admiral Godhzu's mind, one of the things holding back the fleet and its allies was their lack of legitimacy in the eyes of outsiders. Thus one of the first things he did upon seizing command was to declare all territory allied to him to be part of the Republic of Xiy Kiiquldast, the direct legal successor to the old kingdom of the same name. This did little but give an official name to an existing situation, and few of the new republic's neighbours paid it any attention.

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  • 38 Discovery
    13 Balance
    Grand Church in Qariy Built
    Construction beginning/end

    Godhzu sponsored the Grand Church on the island of Qariy, proclaiming it to be a monument to The Divinities. It soon became clear he had very different ideas of how they should be worshipped.

  • 53 Discovery
    17 Mercy
    Admiral Godhzu dies
    Life, Death

    After just under 30 years as Admiral of Xiy Kiiquldast, Godhzu died in Qariy. While he had multiple children, many of seafaring age with prominent positions in the fleet, he was succeeded as Admiral by a sailor named Fyaalu. Admiral Fyaalu continued many of Godhzu's policies and efforts to conquer the entire north sea, as did many of his own successors.

  • 2 Famine
    25 Balance
    The Grand Church in Qariy is destroyed
    Revolution

    As plague swept Thurásin, the people of Qariy grew increasingly sick of the control of Xiy Kiiquldast. Tensions soon boiled over into a full blown riot, best shown by the burning of the Grand Church of Qariy. All the priests present were killed, and what few escaped the initial slaughter were tracked down and arrested. Though Xiy Kiiquldast still held parts of the island's east, their era of supremacy was coming to a close.

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  • 23 Contact
    3 Charity
    Island of Iinjuva ceded to Kuwvyana
    Diplomatic action

    The most recent change in Xiy Kiiquldast's territory was the ceding of the island of Iinjuva to Kuwvyana. The island had served as a power base for the Dandayk Fleet during the years after The Collision, and many prominent Kiiquldamii families trace ancestry to it. Despite this, the gradual shift of power to the warmer eastern waters left Iinjuva defenceless, and it was easily taken by Kuwvyana in a fight Xiy Kiiquldast could not win.

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8 Oct, 2020 00:46

I really like the flag and the detail on how it changed after Godzhu took over leadership. That's such a nice little cultural detail. I also enjoyed the different eras in the history of Xiy Kiiquldast and how it changed over the years. The blood cult thing is a little... yikes. :D

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