The free-spirited people of the city-state of Sakhrad, founded on freedom and hard work
DescriptionPerhaps the newest people to form in the long history of Zheng-Kitar, the Sakhradi People formed a scant few centuries ago after the formation of the City-State of Sakhrad, on the eastern border of the Great Gyatsoshin Desert, and have since spread to their newest colony - the city of Bukhara which oversees the legendary Sakhradi Canal. They can be found within these two cities and the surrounding area, as well as all across the lands in and around the Great Gyatsoshin Desert, their long trade caravans braving the harsh desert environs to carry coin and good to all potential targets of trade.
AppearanceSakhradi are typically dark-skinned with very weathered appearances that hearken back to their long years spent beneath the harsh desert sun. They tend to have dark hair that is sometimes braided into thick dreadlocks, and they favor very loose fitting clothing and robes that allow wind to pass through and cool them easily - turbans and headwraps are common as well, to protect them from the harsh rays of the desert sun, and white is the most common color of clothing they tend to wear, as it deflects the heat easier and allow them to stay cool for longer.
HistoryFormed several centuries ago in response to the rampant imperialism of the era, many disparate tribes and disgruntled peoples from all across Zheng-Kitar formed together after being driven, exiled, or simply leaving their old homelands in favor of striking out on their own to found a nation by the people, for the people - a nation of freedom and free-thinking free of the shackles of imperialism, unbound to any higher power. And so, banding together, dozens of tribes from all across the land formed a coalition bound by a common goal to found a free nation - and after decades of hard work, the City-State of Sakhrad was formed on the eastern border of the Great Gyatsoshin Desert, on an important trade route with ready access to the ocean. With this smart city placement, cunning tribes, and a hard-working ethic that saw them raise up the mighty trade city of Sakhrad from nothing but their own hard work and their own hands, the Sakhradi people were thusly formed as a bastion to escape wanton imperialism - to provide a free home for any who seek a life removed from the harsh dictators, kings, emperors, and queens of the rest of the world - where the sweat of one's brow is all the truth one needs to make one's way in the world.
CultureThe Sakhradi People are one that are incredibly free-spirited, and place great value on their personal freedoms and rights - as they come from so many ethnicities and and origins originally, they have come together into a central, unified people who care little to none at all about external appearances - Sakhradi care only about what others are like on the inside, as their founding maxim of "Live together, die together" encourages them to see past race and origin - if someone can be useful and get along, Sakhradi will likely accept them quickly. They are a frugal and monetarily experienced people, and are well-versed in the trading of money, goods, and services - they have a natural eye for trade born of their collective origins as a people who banded together to form a free city-state out of nothing, which gives them the wisdom of knowing how best to utilize available resources. They often love to haggle and barter, and the Sakhradi bazaars are some of the loudest and most diverse places in all the world. To this end, the Sakhradi people are staunch believers in the free market - for better or worse, if one asked a Sakhradi, regulation of the open markets of the world is a criminal act that stifles the true hand of coinflow from operating as it should in the world, denying failure and success in equal measure to those who have earned it. As such, as much as is reasonable, they believe that if one works hard and is allows to succeed greatly, that they have earned that money for as long as they can keep it. However, this stands in stark contrast to the core Sakhradi ideal of equality and communal strength - as a people who have founded an entire country run by nothing but the workers and citizens who break their backs to run its facilities and industries, the Sakhradi believe that, at their core, sentient creatures are built to be a communal people free from the oppressive burden of the ruling elite present in many other societies - that the core responsibility of a person is to the land in which they live rather than to themselves or some king or oppressor. True strength, the Sakhradi believe, can only be achieved communally - so while the free market is cherished, it is equally important to them to ensure that the wealth accrued by those who work hard is not used to glorify the individual above the masses; though that is not to say that the mere act of having such money makes one "evil" in the eyes of a Sakhradi - it is more in how that wealth is used that is important. Family is one of the most important aspects of Sakhradi Society - but unlike other ethnicities save perhaps the Narixians, they place no great important on bloodlines - they organize themselves into clans, each made up of several 'tribes' - each of these tribes are typically founded by a single person and are typically made up of those close to the founder or those they consider family. Such is more important to the Sakhradi - blood means little to them, and family instead is a thing earned and proven - a bond of trust earned over time, to prove who is worth keeping around and trusting. Anyone can enter into a Sakhradi tribe - so long as they pull their weight, contribute to the cause, and get along with their new family, they are typically accepted readily. As former and sometimes current nomads, this is done both for practicality and ease of adaptation to emergencies.