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Title: Culture of Nharkava
Post by: Maarika Sydan-Harmaa on Dec 14, 18, 07:52:29 PM
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Capital City: Orissa
Population: 4.8 million, combined Blood & Landen
Population Breakdown: 90% native to Territory
Caste Breakdown:  87% Landen, 13% Blood. Nharkava has a strong deficit of native Queens, and nearly double the typical ratio of Warlord Princes to other male castes. Blood bearing multiple castes are frowned upon on in Nharkava, seen as aberrant from the natural order.
Major Exports: Textile goods, gold and silver jewelry, turquoise, sapphires, grains, produce, ivory, native animals (those which are exotic to other territories).
Major Imports: Gems not found in the mountains, exotic animals (horses, cows, pigs are exotic in Nharkava). Due to the formerly restricted borders, Nharkava is generally self sustained and its imports tend to be luxury items.

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Climate & Geography:
Nharkava's perimeter is comprised of a series of stout mountain ranges which help keep the Territory feeling somewhat isolated despite its position right in the midst of Kaeleer. The largest of these mountains are found in Goa Province. The mountains themselves are fairly inhospitable, and though they are not entirely uninhabited, those few who live there deal with stubborn, rocky terrain, high amounts of rain, harsh winds, and the coolest temperatures in the Territory. In the northern parts of Jharkand Province the mountains even see snow below the summit for a month or so out of the year, which doesn't happen elsewhere in Nharkava.

As one moves down the mountains and into the foothills, the land becomes more agreeable, settling into thickly forested jungles, as well as low plains suitable for ranching. Runoff streams from higher in the mountains keep these areas  nourished despite a decrease in the amount of rain they see, compared to the higher altitudes at the borders. Though all provinces in Nharkava have some forested land, the foothills of Sikkim boast the most dense and wild of these areas. 

At its center, Nharkava is comprised of rich farmland. It is tropically warm and humid for most of the year, with a reprieve for just a few months at the end of the year. A torrential rainy season saturates the land at the end of every summer, and those unaccustomed to how dangerous such downpours can be often pay a price for their ignorance. Most of Nharkava's population by far lives and works in this central region, which can feel quite like a paradise if one ignores certain details. Though the land of Nharkava is more than willing to support the jungles and forests which populate it and crops will grow to a mundane extent, a severe shortage of Queens over the past several generations has prevented the land from providing the supernatural yields required to feed a Territory full of Blood. This is one source of much of the unrest between the Landen and the Blood here, as the Landen could likely feed themselves if they did not have to also provide for the hungry Jewels of the Blood.

Features of note:
Ladakh Mountains: This range is at the southern tip of Nharkava, extending east and west part way through both Goa and Sikkim Provinces. These are the tallest range of mountains in Nharkava and are considered the holiest. The name is a derivative of a Landen diety's holy name: Lavanya, the Mother. The Ladakh mountain range is where the monks live, a collection from all the holy temples, and the Landen Rebellion uses the wide network of caves in these mountains to hide.

Ladakh Lake: At the bottom of the Ladakh Mountains is a vast lake, the largest pool of mountain water in Nharkava.
Called a holy site by those who worship Lavanya, pilgrims come from all over the Territory to immerse themselves in the chilled mountain water and seek the Mother's insight and favor. It is said that meditating here and staring into the depths of the lake will turn the Mother's ear towards her seeker, that she might hear their most urgent prayers. The lake is a little over 700 miles of shoreline (think Lake Ontario in the United States).

Western Gama: The western mountains are known as the Western Gama, after the Landen God Gautama. Though Goa Province boasts the tallest range of mountains in Nharkava, the single highest peak is in Jharkand, among the Western Gama. Gautama's holy temple is located here. These mountains are nearly forever snowed at their summits and protect Nharkava from much of the cold in Rihland.

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Much of this was based off of Dani's original culture article, found here (https://www.bloodrites.net/nharkava/culture-of-nharkava-(statistics-climate-geography)/).