The Empire at its greatest extent, and the tributary Hafsighi Kingdom.
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The Adzamic Empire (Old Adzamian: Adsami Tahidon, IPA: /ɐdsɐmɪ tɐhɪdʌn/) also called the Adzamasi Empire, was a trade empire and one of the largest states in the history of Sahar, spanning almost a third of northern Baredina. At its greatest it controlled large portions of Ekuosia, Püzimm, and Central Baredina, bordering the Paršita, Armizziya and Saru seas. Its growth was fueled by a booming population and economy, and facilitated by advancements in agricultural, military, and economic technology. It was succeeded by the Holy Adzamic Empire, which collapsed within a few hundred years.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
The Empire was named after the ethnic group which began the empire, the Adzamics, who also held the most power throughout the Empire during (and sometimes after) its collapse. The term Adzamic can be reconstructed to the Proto-Adzamic language endonym */atəsa-mohtaək/ (???-language). The meaning and further etymology of */atəsa/ may come from Proto Ekuo-Lahiri */äd=ə́shäɨçə/ 'savanna people' which would regularly have the reflex */əsaiħ-ət/ in Proto-Adzamic and /si:χt/ by Old Adzamian, but could have arisen as an exonym from a related EKL language such as Halarian.
The Empire was first founded in 706 BCE from a coalition of several independent city-states located along the Tabiq River and the nearby stretches of the Ekuos. It did not extend far beyond the banks of the Tabiq in any direction and was bounded by the Kavahiri Kingdom to the north. The most populous and powerful city in the region was Mehyaran in the south, which formed the seat of the unified government.
As agricultural reform allowed more of the Ekuosian desert's nomads to settle along the banks of the rivers, Mehyara began to control more and more of the desert, and had a larger population at its disposal. Many Adzamasiin dispersed from city centres to farm on the banks of the Tabiq, along which goods were easily distributed.
New military technology was traded into the new nation, which also developed new military strategies for use in the desert landscape and along the course of the large rivers. Religious and economic incentives coupled with a population explosion lead to a push for further expansion, resulting in skirmishes along the Kavahiri border, and eventually an organized military assault to the north and east; by the -500s the Empire had begun rapid expansion. Large swaths of desert, only inhabited by nomads, were officially brought into the Empire, pledging allegiance and trade priorities in return for protection and free travel throughout its borders.
Between 500-100 BCE, most of present-day Dzimur is conquered and, in the north, the Kavahariin are facing the same fate, expanding out into Ebo Nganagam in reaction. Unfortunately, they are followed relentlessly by the expanding Adzamasiin, who manage to extend their borders to an inlet of the Paršita by 132 BCE. To the east, conflicts arise for the first time between the Adzamasiin, Osureko, and Povani. Despite the highly defensible geography of the Osuri Valley, in time the Empire has success with its more highly organized and better-funded military and its more advanced weaponry, also signing extensive treaties incorporating new land, citizens, and taxpayers into its folds.
In the year 3 CE, the borders for the first time expand to the coast of the Saru Sea via modern (ex-Algador) and, in the following century, in northern Nevira. In the west, expansion has left behind the curve of the Ekuos and now covers most of modern (Ex-Istan), following trade routes set up earlier to the shores of Armizziya.
Treaties and conquests continue to add to the borders of the Empire, and it forms an official tributary relation with the Hafsighi Kingdom beyond its western edge. Through to 468 BCE it expands further into modern Barradiwa in the north until it reaches the borders of Azerin, conquering (Ex-New-Asmal) and parts of (Ex-Lons), covering much of (Ex-Yutte-Basi), Kauzia, all of Penaxxi and the southern third of Algador, as well as the western third of Ebo Nganagam. The Kavahiri Kingdom falls in totality by 489. This marks the largest extent of the Empire, divided into sixteen provinces and three territories and covering over (???) km², making it one of the largest states ever to exist on Sahar.
The Empire maintained its greatest size for nearly a century before being converted to the Holy Adzamic Empire in 598. This secondary empire quickly fractured, losing most of its territory within the next two hundred years.
Climate and Biodiversity
The majority of the Adzamic Empire was across the Baredinan Desert, but extended as well to savannas, mountains, scrubland, and rainforest on most sides. Due to its massive size and numerous biomes, it was extremely biodiverse, covering the ranges of many such iconic animals as elephants, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, lions, tigers, leopards, jackals, mongooses, hyenas, pangolins, flying foxes, many primates, peafowl, bearded vultures, and ostriches, as well as the native ranges of important domestic species including pigs, horses, sheep, and goats.
In the early days of the Empire the chief means of transportation, especially for goods, was by boat, along the Ekuos and Tabiq rivers, and later the Anuxas river to the north, all of which represented the foundations of vast trade networks across much of Ekuosia. Even at that time however, horses, donkeys, and dromedary camels were also broadly used for overland travel and trade, especially as more sure-footed and heat-tolerant breeds of the equines were developed by early Tabiqiri. As the population increased and the economy grew, many regular caravan routes were set up across the desert, making use of draft animals to ferry goods to distant areas.
Within the city-states that made up the original empire, packed-dirt roads did exist, allowing for limited use of wheeled vehicles, early wheels being useless on sand dunes. In less sandy portions of the empire, a variety of simple wheeled vehicles were used.