|The Holy Kingdom of Xhodiar
|Motto: "Pheu Shechi Dxrghetouqrx"
Protected by the Gods
|Recognised regional languages||Xong|
|-||1917||The Holy Union|
770,849.48 sq mi
|Time zone||SXT (SCT+2)|
|-||Summer (DST)||not observed (SCT)|
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Xhodiar (IPA: /ˈxəʊdi.ɑ:(r)/, Xhorial: Qioľgis, IPA: /qʼs̩ʔoǁʱɣ̍ʃ/), officially the Holy Kingdom of Xhodiar, is a unitary state located in southern Baredina. It borders Yhael and Redia to the north, Yaina to the north-east, Sjuu to the east and Nolcik to the south. The state is governed by the Holy Royal Family who exercise jurisdiction over 20 provinces and one capital province, where the capital city, Kweqi, is located. The country has 56 million inhabitants, primarily centred in the northern third of the country, along the coast and rivers.
Xhodiar emerged as one of the earliest civilisations in Baredina. For millennia, the Ancient Xhovian Empire was ruled by monarchies who were also regarded as important spiritual leaders. The rulers are known as Hykiri, natively hayqhiwhi, and continue to be the heads of state and the national religion, Xhiuism, to this day.
Expansion to the west caused the empire to fracture into numerous smaller states. After the northern nation alliance of 750, Xhodiar entered a period of heavy isolation, only having contact with fellow Xhovian nations to the east, Yai and Xong, and to the south. These states continued to war sporadically until the Holy Unification of 1917 when the armies of the Holy Royal Family of inner Xhodiar finally took the southern-most regions of the nation.
Xhodiar is a founder state of both the Quedrel Union and the Xhovian Cultural Union.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
The Xhovian military, 'aqrxii, is organised into four subdivisions; Dhxrng (Army/Military Police and Special Forces), Pwouy (Navy/Coast Guard), Nah (Air Force), Zry (Monitoring Division). In 2015, military spending was estimated at 9.4% of the country’s GDP. The ‘aqrxii is normally commanded by the Uryqyiithii unless they have appointed a Chief of the Defence Section. The Uryqyiithii is currently the head of the military.
As of mid-2015, an estimated 3.7 million people were employed full-time by the ‘arqrxii. All adult citizens have had military training, so if necessary, the entire adult population could be conscripted. The current conscription model requires for citizens to begin military training with 15 and continue serving between 2 and 10 years depending on their assigned profession.
Xhodiar’s road network is amongst the sparsest in Baredina. As most citizens are prohibited from owning their own motorised vehicles, many areas do not have roads suitable for cars or motorbikes. Areas which do have roads don’t have speed limits. Each settlement has an individual network of trams and is connected to the national, polycentric network of high-speed trains.
Xhodiar has a number of airports, most of which only accept cargo flights. The airport in the capital city of Kweqi is able to accept both cargo and passengers but tourism is a very small industry in Xhodiar.
Science and technology
Xhovians are very passionate about their sport but rarely partake in international competitions. Foreign sports are largely unknown in Xhodiar, some, such as tennis, even being banned. There are three television stations dedicated to the sports of Hyklan, Khatresht, and Golhung (natively Hikhą, Whatheìt, and Gosuŋ) all of which are traditional Xhovian sports.
Hyklan is a score-based, team game which can be played with any number of teams of any size, as long as all the teams are all the same size. National matches are usually played with 70 players per team and 3-6 teams. A set of usually 100 spherical balls, 25cm in diameter, placed in a large hole in the centre of the playing field. To score a team must transport as many of these balls as possible into their own nets. The team with the most points at the end of a match wins. This game can be quite dangerous as rules of conduct are very unrestrictive, serious injuries and even death are not infrequent.